Should the Houston Texans trade for Richard Sherman?
Richard Sherman is a heck of a player, but I’m not sure his personality would be a good fit for head coach Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman might wearing out his welcome with head coach Pete Carroll after disrespecting him after a loss to the Los Angeles Rams last season.
Michael Lombardi of The Ringer recently mentioned that the Seahawks would be willing to trade Sherman for the right price.
Carroll admitted on Wednesday that the Seahawks have taken calls from other NFL teams with regards to trading Sherman and have discussed the possibility of unloading him.
From Sheil Kapadia of ESPN:
"“You’re either competing or you’re not. And so we’ve always had to be open for everything, every suggestion that comes along,” Carroll said. “There have been some teams that have called, and so we’ve talked about it. But he’s extremely important to our football team.“I don’t see anything happening at all. And I don’t see anything happening with any other players, just the banter that’s out there right now. But it has been talked about. He’s a great player and can impact another team. I can see why people would be interested in him.”"
This got me wondering.
Would the Texans possibly call the Seahawks about Sherman?
Or even, have the Texans already called Seattle about possibly trading for Sherman?
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Let’s first take a look at whether the Texans could even afford to acquire the 29 year-old Sherman.
Sherman is set to make $13.6 million in 2017 and the Texans have $30 million in cap space to work with right now. So they could afford to take on his current contract.
If Houston were to trade for Sherman, they would have about $17 million in cap room left. That still leaves them enough money to sign quarterback Tony Romo if the Dallas Cowboys end up releasing him.
Sherman would be a nice replacement for cornerback A.J. Bouye, who just signed a big contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. But they would be paying Sherman more than what they offered Bouye. Then again Sherman is a more proven player and would be worth it.
As good as Sherman is, I don’t believe his personality would be a good fit for Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
O’Brien is more of a no nonsense guy like New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
Carroll on the other hand is a players coach that doesn’t have a problem with his players voicing their thoughts and opinions.
With Sherman just turning 29 and the fact that I’m sure the Seahawks would want at least a first round pick along with maybe a second or third rounder, it wouldn’t be worth it for the Texans to trade for a player that will be turning 30 next year and will be on the decline soon.
Houston would be better off drafting a cornerback and seeing what Kevin Johnson gives them in place of Bouye.
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