The Seahawks Have Released Richard Sherman, Who Insists He’s Not ‘Slowin’ Down’

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Richard Sherman is officially headed to the open market. The Seattle Seahawks cut ties with the All-Pro cornerback on Friday, meaning he will be a free agent later this weekend.

Sherman’s 2017 season ended early with a ruptured achilles on Thursday Night Football in November, and reports earlier in the week indicated that he was saying his goodbyes to Seahawks teammates.

Moving on from Sherman marks another step in the changing guard that is the Seahawks defense, after the team traded Michael Bennett to the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday. That was a deal that even Madden had a problem with, and for many Seahawks fans losing Sherman for nothing is an equally unfair blow.

Minutes after the news broke, Sherman had his own say about leaving Seattle on Twitter. He seems mad the franchise is implying he’s “slowin’ down,” and showed some stats that argued otherwise.

If you believe the stories that spread last offseason, the Seahawks defense wasn’t happy with quarterback Russell Wilson. And while everyone involved downplayed those reports, it’s Wilson who remains with the team while Michael Bennett and now Sherman will play elsewhere next fall. Whether there’s any truth to that is undecided, but it will be a decidedly different Seahawks defense taking the field this fall.