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Richard Sherman on trade rumors: ‘Organizational philosophies change’

Richard Sherman doesn’t seem as inclined to laugh off all the trade talk now.

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll confirmed this week the team is at least fielding offers involving the superstar cornerback, something that has only fueled heightened speculation.

In a statement issued Thursday, Sherma acknowledged the reality that the NFL is indeed a business.

Per Gee Scott at 710 ESPN in Seattle, Sherman’s statement read: “I wouldn’t want to leave this city and my guys but understand it’s a business and organizational philosophies change.”

Sherman seems to be striking a different tone compared to his initial reactions when the trade rumors first surfaced.

“I just laugh it off, man,” Sherman said last Friday. “It’s funny to me. But sometimes people need to see you gone to realize what you had. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But I don’t let things like that bother me. The chips will fall how they’re supposed to.”

The notion the Seahawks would even consider trading Sherman even as recently as last season would have been deemed as laughable. But times change quickly in the NFL, and the Seahawks without a doubt would receive a king’s ransom by dealing Sherman in his prime.

As always in the NFL, a financial component could prove to be a factor. Sherman’s cap hits in 2017 and 2018 are $13.6 million and 13.2 million, respectively, money the Seahawks could use to upgrade other positions of need on the roster, of which there are several.

While Carroll and Schneider acknowledged the team are listening to offers, both downplayed the likelihood of Sherman being traded.

One unnamed Seahawks player, meanwhile, also said the following, again via Scott: “Unless they [Seahawks] want this run to be over with, you wouldn’t entertain the thought of trading Sherm.”

In other words, no one involved — from Sherman himself to teammates to Seahawks brass — appear in favor of Sherman leaving the team.

Still, should the Seahawks pull the trigger and trade Sherman, it would go down as one of the more shocking deals in recent NFL history.