More than one former Seahawks star may potentially be headed to the Raiders.
Raider Nation would certainly be excited if the team added Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch, though it remains to be seen if general manager Reggie McKenzie would make a move for Sherman. McKenzie might be too reluctant to give up draft picks, which would seem to be Seattle’s ideal haul for Sherman.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider verified rumors that Sherman could get traded on the same day word leaked that Lynch visited the Raiders’ facility about a potential un-retirement.
“What you’ve seen lately in the news is real,” Schneider said on KIRO 710AM about Sherman. “That’s on both sides. It’s just open communication. … I don’t know if anything would ever happen. But like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the things we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road and seen what’s behind Door A or Door B.”
Could the Raiders be behind Door A?
Fox Sports suggested the Raiders are the second-most desirable destination for Sherman — after the Patriots — and USA Today also hypothesized about that possibility.
Since the Raiders allowed the ninth-most passing yards in 2016, Sherman would clearly be an upgrade. While Oakland prefers to play man coverage, Sherman is a player worth mixing that up for if he arrives. The Stanford product and four-time Pro Bowler would certainly offer relief to cornerbacks Sean Smith and David Amerson.
That said, it’s all speculation at this point.
McKenzie is typically loathe to give up draft picks, especially the type that would be needed to acquire Sherman. Since taking over as Raiders GM in 2012, he’s only been involved in two trades that surrendered draft picks for a player — and neither worked out well.
In 2013, he gave up a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for quarterback Matt Flynn. He played in just two games with one start and was cut after being acquired.
McKenzie tried again a year later when he sent a sixth-round pick to Houston for another quarterback, Matt Schaub. He lost out on the starting job to Derek Carr and his Raiders career consisted of 10 pass attempts.
There’s only one other deal — the 2016 draft day trade to move up and grab Connor Cook (yes, another quarterback) in which McKenzie has actually surrendered a pick. Everything else has been swapping picks to grab additional ones.
Additionally, Sherman himself said last week that he’d rather stay in Seattle.
“I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys,” he told KIRO, “but I understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”
Still, it’s sort of fun to imagine a reunion of Optimus Prime and Beast Mode.