Should the Miami Dolphins enter the Richard Sherman sweepstakes? It is a question many fans are asking.
Richard Sherman, arguably the leagues most dynamic and vocal cornerback, is on the trading block in Seattle. As the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, should the Miami Dolphins be in play?
It was undeniably a shock when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll openly admitted his team was shopping the outspoken Sherman. For all the playmaking ability Sherman possesses, his attitude and sideline blowups must have been wearing thin. But if rumors are true, Sherman was actually the instigator here by requesting to be sent away.
While numerous teams have been mentioned in trade talks with Seattle for Sherman’s services leading up to the draft, there’s not a lot of rumblings from inside the Dolphins top brass. This is surprising, as Miami definitely has need at the cornerback position. Sherman is a top tier shutdown corner who can make an immediate impact to the defense.
So why the silent treatment, especially when it pertains to one of the cornerstone pieces of the Seahawks heralded Legion of Boom? Well, Miami might not be interested because of Brent Grimes, the former Dolphins cornerback. Grimes had undeniable talent that took a backseat to his wife’s very public criticism of Miami’s signal caller, Ryan Tannehill.
Sometimes a player isn’t worth the trouble because of other factors that come into play. Sherman is a legitimate star but comes with his share of headaches. The Stanford University alum is one of the leagues most intelligent and passionate players. He can fire up a defense with his leadership qualities and demeanor. However, his fierce love of the game and penchant for perfection can also garner a team unwanted distractions if he’s not happy with a certain game plan or play-calling.
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Seattle will want a lot for Sherman, and they might be asking too much. He would almost certainly warrant a first round or at least second round pick, plus incentives. This is a deep draft, particularly at the defensive end. Miami knows it can fill a lot of the holes it has by staying put, even trading down if they want. The talent is there, and they need more than just cornerback help.
On the flip side, the draft holds no guarantees. Sherman is a proven corner who can change the entire dynamic of a defense for the better. In a division where Miami has to worry about Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, Eric Decker and Sammy Watson, Sherman would be an invaluable commodity. Plus, he’s a fan favorite who would bring an edginess to the Dolphins that they were sorely lacking last year.
If the price is right, the Dolphins should seriously consider putting their names in the mix for Richard Sherman. Although the draft is stacked with good defensive talent, there are few names that can give Miami the instantaneous impact that a player of Sherman’s caliber will. Coach Adam Gase and GM Chris Grier just need to remember that if they want to board a Richard Sherman flight, there will definitely be some extra baggage on hand.