If Butler was to leave, the Patriots have their eyes set on cornerback Richard Sherman as a possible replacement according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. Schneider said, "What you've seen lately in the news is real", He continued to say that he does not know if anything will happen. "That's on both sides, just open communication".
Schneider and his wife Traci joined the "Brock and Salk" radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle Wednesday morning to promote Ben's Fund in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Howe was following up on candid comments made by Seahawks GM John Schneider regarding Seattle's own interest in moving the super-talented (three-time All-Pro) but expensive ($11 million base salary) 29-year-old cornerback.
"I think we're a very unique organization in that regard".
"There have been some teams that have called, and so we've talked about it", Carroll said. There's very much an openness. It's just open communication. He knows what's going on, we know what's going on. We know what's going on. As Schneider said, "98 percent of the deals that we're involved with, we don't follow through with". However, with Sherman, the door is open and they are looking to see what is behind other doors and available to the team.
They have no problem with openly shopping one of the best players on their roster to the rest of the league. Howe also reports that Sherman has long admired the Patriots and what Bill Belichick is running in New England, so it's not impossible that this would happen. He says the trade rumors haven't been a secret and "people find things out and we're not going to lie to each other".
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"I don't know if anything would ever happen". It goes through player development, it goes through our sports science group.
"Richard went through a lot previous year", Carroll said at the owners meetings in Phoenix, "and most of it self-inflicted".
In that scenario, the Saints would get Butler, Sherman would head to New England and the Seahawks would acquire draft picks.
In his current contract, Sherman has two years remaining. If Sherman is traded and the deal does not work out, Seahawks fans might ask themselves, "Do we still believe in Seattle's management?" Cornerback may or may not be a huge need for the Chiefs depending on whether Terrance Mitchell is for real but if given the chance I would love to see what Sherman could do the Chiefs defense.