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Richard Sherman opens up about trade talk, regrets, relationship with Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said Wednesday that he did not request a trade this offseason and that he has a "fantastic" relationship with quarterback Russell Wilson.
"It's just a conversation they have every year, more people knew about it. It's a conversation they have every year -- everybody's open," Sherman said. "I guess this year, everybody's available. They just made sure I knew, and you guys found out. Pretty open about it. It was never a situation where anybody asked for it. It was just a conversation."
Throughout the offseason, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider said publicly on multiple occasions that Sherman was available, but they never made a deal.
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Sherman was asked why he thought the team considered moving him.
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"But it's just conversation. I think we have a fantastic relationship and always have. And it's always been transparent to have those communications and not have them in a rude or discourteous way, but just professionally."
Sherman was asked about his relationship with the quarterback.
"It's fantastic,LeGarrette Blount Jersey, and we appreciate that," Sherman said. "We're teammates. It's like a family. It's like everyone else in a family. We fight for one another, just like I'm fighting for the other 52 guys out there; I'm fighting for him, he played through a number of injuries, and he's not doing that just because, 'Ah man, and he's fighting for us. We have a great appreciation for how tough our quarterback is and what he has played through. Last year, I've got to go out there and it's a job.' He's doing that for the guys next to him, and we think he is a great quarterback."
Last season, Sherman got into shouting matches with coaches on the sideline on two occasions. In March, Carroll said many of the issues Sherman had last year were "self-inflicted."
Sherman was asked what he thought Carroll meant and for the first time voiced some regret for the altercations.
"He means I hold myself to a high standard and I'm a heart-on-the-sleeve kind of player," Sherman said. "So I'm competitive as all get out. That's what he means. He means I'm competitive as anybody out there and at all times I'm competing. At all times I'm trying to win. At all times I'm trying to push the envelope and push the limits. And it has always been the case -- publicly, privately and elsewhere. So that's what he means.
"It's never changed. It's never wavered. At times it might have gotten kind of overblown,Sidney Jones Jersey, and I ride with them through the good and the bad,Rasul Douglas Jersey,Donnel Pumphrey Jersey, I might have gone over the top. But he understood where it was coming from,Authentic Mack Hollins Jerse/url],Authentic LeGarrette Blount Jersey, it's just the competitiveness -- it's just a competitive team. And that's why my teammates still ride with me. They're still ride or die. Just like any other family. You're going to have good times and bad times, and so did my teammates. So like I said before, but you show your true colors through the good and the bad. And they ride with me through the good and the bad, because we've been there. We're battle-tested."
During a game in December, Sherman openly questioned Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell for calling a pass play from the Los Angeles Rams' 1-yard line.
"You need some luck to get there. And unfortunately, 'Oh, we didn't have the luck we needed and we didn't make the plays that we need to move forward. But I don't think it has anything to do with a Super Bowl hangover. I think we still have the tools and we still have everything we need. We win it this year and I think the questions are still the same. I think it's just, they got one. Is the window closing?' Because you always need a story."