By Christian Coppola
After a disappointing season, the Seattle Seahawks are looking to make some notable moves this offseason. With many players under big contracts this franchise just can’t pay all these big time players. It has been rumored that both Cornerback Richard Sherman and Free Safety Earl Thomas are on the market. Both of these players are without a doubt top 5 players at their positions and have been for the past few years.
Richard Sherman is coming to the end of his contract and will be getting paid $11 million next year in his final year under contract. The 29-year-old lock down corner is perfect for a team who is ready to win and just needs that last piece to put them over the top. A team like New England, if they were able to move some money around, would be a perfect fit for Sherman if Butler does leave. The veteranship and dominant presence of Richard could push Brady and the Patriots to another Lombardi and solidify this franchise as one of the best in NFL History. A few other teams that could fit Sherman in well to their defense could be Carolina, Houston, New Orleans, or Green Bay. All four of these teams are championship contenders and could use a force like Sherman to give them that extra shove that they need.
Earl Thomas had a great career in Seattle and will always be a Seattle great along with Sherman and the Legion of Boom. Everything good thing does come to an end and Earl’s time has come. The 28 year old still seems to have a lot in the tank heading into his final year of his contract in which he will make $8.5 million. Thomas will not be expected to make more than $6 million a year in his next and probable final contract as a NFL player. There are many teams that could use a playmaker like Earl on their defense. Earl would immediately make an impact on any defense he joins. Earl is in the same boat as Sherman when it comes to joining a championship caliber team. Any young team would not want to pay a 28-year-old safety over $6 million a year when they know they probably wont contend for another 2-3 years. It would waste both the team and Earl’s time. I believe Earl has a good chance in landing on one of the teams I projected Sherman to land. Earl is not the type of player to look for money. He is clearly passionate about football and his love for the game. The All-Pro Safety seems to only have one goal, another ring.
Both Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman had Hall of Fame type careers in Seattle. The Legion of Boom and the 2013 Super Bowl Defense will go down in NFL History.
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