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Richard Sherman upset with Seattle media for publishing his new address

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksRichard Sherman loves to run his mouth, but the Seattle Seahawks cornerback may be doing less of that during the offseason. Or, we should say, he might make himself unavailable to the media more often than he typically would.

Last week, 1090 The Fan’s Steve Sandmeyer Show reported that Sherman has decided to boycott some of the local Seattle media after the address of his new $2.31 million home was published. Sherman said fans have been showing up at his house for autographs, and he blames the Seattle Times and seattlepi.com for publishing the details of his big purchase.

According to Pro Football Talk, Curtis Crabtree of KJR radio has followed up by noting that Sherman has not said anything about boycotting the entire local media. Rather, he is simply upset that the two aforementioned publications linked to a real estate website containing his new address.

The buying and selling of real estate is public information, so fans could have figured out where Sherman’s new house is even if the Seattle Times didn’t publish the information. Perhaps Sherman is angry that the paper made it so easy for fans to track him down.

Will the so-called “boycott” stick? Sherman can’t live without running his mouth and making headlines. We’re going to say no.

Richard Sherman at center of Seahawks practice fight (Video)

Richard-Sherman-practice-fightThe Seattle Seahawks had their first official offseason scuffle on Wednesday afternoon, and Richard Sherman was at the center of it. Given his competitive nature and the speed at which his jaw moves, no one should really be surprised.

According to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, tensions began to flare when wide receiver Bryan Walters injured his shoulder while making a diving catch on the sideline. Safety Earl Thomas was defending, and some of the offensive players felt that he made too much contact in what are supposed to be non-contact workouts.

Doug Baldwin reportedly had words with Thomas and Percy Harvin also appeared angry. On the next play, Sherman and wide receiver Phillip Bates got into it and before long everyone was involved. Pete Carroll called the team together after practice to chat about what had happened.

“It was just to keep focused,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We let little things get out of hand a little bit, but it was just to remain focused and understand why we’re out here. We’re out here to get better. We did that. I feel like we got better.”

Stuff like this happens during training camp all the time. The Seahawks’ defense led the team to a championship last year with its physical play, so the idea of no contact at all must be difficult for the Legion of Boom to grasp. I’m sure everyone has already moved on.

Video via Q13 Fox

Richard Sherman wants Legion of Boom on Madden cover; fans petition

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Richard Sherman last week won the right to be the next Madden Cover Curse victim. But the good thing about the humble Sherman is that he wants to share the right to be cursed with his entire defense.

OK, not entirely.

Sherman, despite being a loudmouth, really does want to share the spotlight with the rest of his Seattle Seahawks secondary and is trying to lobby EA Sports to put the entire “Legion of Boom” on the cover of the video game.

“I’ve been trying to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, and EA has been fighting me,” Sherman told reporters Monday at the Seahawks’ OTA per ESPN. “So if everybody wants to start a petition to get the Legion of Boom on the cover, here it is, here’s an open invitation.”

Sherman won the voting after beating out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the finals. The 26-year-old cornerback says he “would never be in the position” to win such an honor if it weren’t for his defensive teammates, including safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Brandon Browner used to be in the L.O.B., but he’s no longer with Seattle, so Byron Maxwell has the final spot.

Fans responded to Sherman’s comments and have even created a Change.org petition for the cause.

I think it would be pretty awesome of EA to allow Sherman to be on the cover along with the Legion of Boom, and I think it’s even cooler that that’s how Sherman wants it to be. He’s right about how much it’s a team defensive effort in Seattle rather than individual, so it’s nice that he wants to share the spotlight. He’ll be just the third defensive player to earn the cover, following Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu. Polamalu shared the 2010 cover with Larry Fitzgerald.

Richard Sherman tosses more stats at Patrick Peterson

Richard-Sherman-interviewPatrick Peterson is looking for a contract extension from the Arizona Cardinals, and he has been trying to use Richard Sherman as a pawn. By downplaying what Sherman has accomplished with the Seattle Seahawks, Peterson is hoping to prove that he is just as good a player — if not better — and parlay that into a fat contract. Sherman isn’t having it.

As we know all too well, Sherman is never one to sit quietly while a fellow player criticizes his game. After Peterson said on Thursday that he is asked to do much more than Sherman with the Cardinals, Sherman fired back with some stats.

Of course, this is still an endless argument. Sherman can pump out all the stats he wants, but the argument against him is that he only plays one side of the field and is not asked to shadow his opponent’s best receiver. People like Peterson argue that his stats would not be as great if he stepped outside the Seahawks’ system.

Sherman has gotten into Twitter wars over his abilities with several players already. He loves every second of it and uses it as motivation on the field. Seahawks fans should pray he never stops getting called out.

Patrick Peterson: Richard Sherman would not last in our system

Patrick PetersonFor the most part, there are two groups of people when it comes to the Richard Sherman debate: those who believe he is the best all-around cornerback in the league, and those who believe he is a product of a great Seattle Seahawks system. Arizona Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson has firmly planted himself in the latter category.

During an interview with Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday, Peterson said Sherman would not be able to handle the responsibilities he has in Arizona.

“Obviously his job is much easier than mine,” Peterson said. “If you look at their scheme and you look at our scheme, he’s a Cover-3 corner, period. A lot of guys say he’s a shutdown corner, but if you look at film and guys who understand the game, go back and look at film and see how his defense is.

“I believe if you put him in our system, I don’t think he’d be able to last, honestly, because I’m asked to do much more than he is.”

We have heard that argument about Sherman many times before, and it has some merit. Still, the Seahawks should know their system better than anyone else. And if they thought any average corner could come in and be as productive as Sherman, why would they have signed him to a four-year, $57 million extension earlier this offseason?

When Peterson was reminded that Pro Football Focus ranked him 16th in the NFL last year at the cornerback position and Sherman sixth, he stuck to his argument.

“That’s all fine and dandy, but he’s only covering space, he’s not really covering a guy,” Peterson replied. “At the end of the day he has great stats, he has great playmaking ability — I’m not taking that away from him because he is a good corner. But as far as being a shutdown corner, man-to-man guy, in my eyes, I don’t believe he’s that.”

Remember, Peterson is trying to get a contract that is somewhere in the neighborhood of the one Sherman got. His comments are more about business than anything.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Patrick Peterson: I’m worth more than Richard Sherman

Patrick PetersonRichard Sherman believes he is the best cornerback in the NFL, and the Seattle Seahawks obviously agree. Sherman signed a four-year, $57 million extension with the Seahawks last week that includes $40 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid corner in the league.

Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson thinks he is worth more than Sherman.

Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals are in the process of negotiating an extension to his rookie deal. When asked if he’s worth more than Sherman, Peterson had the following to say.

“We’ll see,” he said, via ESPN.com. “Got to ask the Cardinals. I mean, I think I am but at the end of the day both sides have to agree to terms and we’ll see what those terms are and hopefully sooner than later.”

Peterson is a versatile player who has excelled in the kick and punt return games and even played some wide receiver. He’s a two-time All Pro who has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three NFL seasons. Still, he’s probably the only one who thinks the Cardinals might give him more money than Sherman got.

“I’m making OK money right now, but I’m just not making (Sherman’s) money right now,” Peterson added. “I think cornerbacks are definitely worth the dollars that they get because now this league is a passing league. You need that shutdown corner to lock down one side of the field, or like myself, go out there the entire field.”

Sherman has been criticized for being used on one side of the field instead of shadowing his opponents’ best receiver, which is what Peterson seemed to be alluding to.

Aqib Talib was considered the best free agent cornerback on the market this offseason, and he got $26 million guaranteed from the Denver Broncos. That’s $14 million less than the Seahawks gave Sherman. Peterson is likely to get closer to Talib money than Sherman money.

Richard Sherman does not think NFL would have banned Donald Sterling for life

Richard-Sherman-interviewIn the wake of the racist comments made by Donald Sterling, the general consensus was that only swift and harsh punishment by the NBA would appease the majority. That happened when, commissioner Adam Silver announced during a press conference he was banning the Los Angeles Clippers owner for life from events pertaining to the NBA.

The punishment placed Sterling on a list that includes Pete Rose and Lance Armstrong as figures in pro sports who have received lifetime bans. However, only Sterling’s was for racially charged comments.

Whether a similar penalty would have been levied by one of America’s other professional sports leagues is a debate that’s surely been discussed since Silver informed the world of Sterling’s fate.

That topic, specifically in the NFL, was posed to Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman in an interview with Time. In his opinion, the situation would have been handled differently.

“No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins. I don’t think the NFL really is as concerned as they show. The NFL is more of a bottom line league. If it doesn’t effect their bottom line, they’re not as concerned.”

The Washington Redskins have, of course, been been in the spotlight recently because of the connotation surrounding their name. At the moment, no plans are in place for it to change. Sherman went on to discuss how the Sterling situation could have an impact on the Redskins down the road.

“I would hope it would help. It’d help reinitiate the conversation. And at least there would be another discussion. You know, I think the discussion has stopped. And the public has just accepted it. And I think there should be more conversations. But it is what it is.”

It has been noted by more than a few that the NBA’s decision to ban Donald Sterling probably stemmed largely from public outcry. Would the reaction have been the same if the comments were made by an NFL, MLB, or NHL owner? Probably, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end result would have been equal.

Sherman, for one, obviously feels the NFL would have responded differently.

H/T Eye on Football