The Seattle Seahawks just signed Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman to a 4-year, $57.4 million contract extension, with $40 million of it guaranteed money. Last month, the Seahawks gave safety Kam Chancellor a new 4-year, $28 million contract. The Seahawks are putting big, big money into their secondary, and it’s going to be difficult when the Seahawks sit down at the negotiating table with quarterback Russell Wilson for his new contract.
That’s going to be at least a $20 million per season deal, and the only way the Seahawks are going to be able to keep all these players on the same team is to let veterans go, and focus on filling positions with young players on rookie contracts. It’s going to be extremely difficult for the Seahawks to stay competitive if they choose to keep all three of these players on the team for their entire contracts rather than cutting them in a year or two.
I believe the Seahawks are making a huge mistake in giving Sherman that kind of money, because they could always draft another cornerback in the lower rounds of the draft and teach him to jam receivers and hold them the way that Sherman frequently does, and they’d be getting the cornerback for much cheaper than what they’ll be paying Sherman.
Sherman is someone that might be as good as he seems. If you take away his ability to hold receivers, he’s really not all that good compared to some of the other cornerbacks in the league. Sherman seems to benefit from the system rather than his actual talent. He does a lot of jam coverage where he uses his size to latch onto the smaller receivers to keep them from getting off the line. By the time the receivers are able to break free from Sherman, it’s delayed the play long enough for the quarterback to look in another direction. But when a receiver is able to get off the line of scrimmage by fighting through Sherman’s jamming them, Sherman tends to get a hold of their jersey while they’re running their routes, and is able to slow them down enough to mess up any chance of them getting the ball.