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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

Richard Sherman recreates NFC championship game rant in cancer institue ad (Video)

After this year’s NFC championship game, Richard Sherman gave us one of the more memorable moments of the 2013 NFL season when he went on an epic rant during a postgame interview with Erin Andrews.

richard-sherman-cancer-adSherman was roundly criticized for bringing attention to himself and taking it away from the performance of his teammates. Legendary coach John Madden went as far as to say the actions of the All-Pro were embarrassing and set a bad example for kids.

Even those who were the harshest critics of Richard Sherman’s interview would have a hard time finding fault with his rant in this ad for the Swedish Cancer Institute, because it’s absolutely great. Well done by all involved indeed.

H/T Sports Grid

Richard Sherman takes shot at Michael Crabtree with autographed picture

Richard-Sherman-Sorry-Crabtree-autograph

We all remember what happened between Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree during last year’s NFC Championship Game. Sherman tipped a pass away from Crabtree to seal the game and jogged over to the San Francisco 49ers receiver to shake his hand. Crabtree wanted none of that, and Sherman unloaded on him in his postgame press conference.

Sherman later apologized for personally attacking Crabtree the way he did. Was the apology sincere? At some point, Sherman autographed a photo and wrote “Sorry Crabtree” underneath his signature. Steiner Sports tweeted a photo of the item on Sunday, though it has not gone on sale on their website yet.

As the LA Times pointed out, you can find photos of the Seattle Seahawks cornerback taunting Tom Brady on eBay with the words “U Mad Bro?” written under Sherman’s autograph. Talking trash is his thing, so this should surprise no one. We all know he wasn’t really sorry.

Richard Sherman implies Eagles cut DeSean Jackson and kept Riley Cooper because of race

DeSean JacksonOne of the arguments many people have made against the Philadelphia Eagles cutting DeSean Jackson is the team’s decision to keep Riley Cooper. After the season, the Eagles signed Cooper to a five-year, $25 million contract. Apparently his racist outburst from last summer is a thing of the past.

Jackson, on the other hand, was released shortly after a report surfaced indicating he has connections to members of a gang in Los Angeles. In a column he wrote for Monday Morning Quarterback on Wednesday, Richard Sherman defended Jackson for not alienating the people he grew up around who supported him when his father passed away in 2009. He also implied that race played a role in the Eagles’ decision to cut Jackson.

This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field.

Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.

Sherman makes some very valid points, especially regarding Irsay. The amount of cash the Colts owner had in his possession could easily be viewed as gang-related or drug dealing activity if he was somebody else.

As for Cooper, you can understand why it looks bad that the Eagles chose to send a white player to counseling after his racist tirade. The only thing I would say about that is that situations like the Aaron Hernandez murder trial have made teams increasingly paranoid when they hear the word “gang.” If a white player reportedly had ties to a gang, you would probably see the team react the same way.

I believe the risk of gang involvement currently has NFL teams on high alert, whether the claims are founded or not. That said, Sherman presented a very well-thought argument that certainly makes you think.

Richard Sherman shows support of DeSean Jackson with Little League baseball photo

Richard-Sherman-SeahawksAfter weeks of speculation and rumors, wide receiver DeSean Jackson was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

Jackson has denied gang affiliations, but his off-the-field relationships were apparently enough to cause concern with the Eagles.

While one Eagles player seemed excited with the decision made by the organization, a member of the Super Bowl winning Seahawks has expressed support of DeSean Jackson.

Richard Sherman took his Twitter account Saturday with a message regarding the situation and included a photo of the two on the same Little League baseball team.

Given his game-changing ability, DeSean Jackson likely won’t be without a team for long. He’s expected to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday. The Raiders, Jets, Chiefs and Bills are also reportedly interested in the 27-year-old who posted career-highs of 82 receptions and 1,332 yards in 2013.

H/T Bleacher Report

DeAngelo Hall has some strong words for Richard Sherman on Twitter

deangelo-hallBecause of his personality, and status as one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL, Richard Sherman is often a target of fans and opposing players.

On Wednesday, Sherman and LeGarrette Blount had a debate on Twitter over who is the best corner in the league. Blount tried to state his case for former teammate Aqib Talib. Sherman, not surprisingly, rebuffed Blount’s attempts.

Thursday, it was DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins who came at Sherman with some pretty strong words. As you can imagine, the ensuing conversation was entertaining to say the least.

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