Richard Sherman: The Player The Packers Desperately Need

Recent events have led to Richard Sherman’s availability via trade. The Seattle Seahawks and Sherman have maintained a mutual respect for each other, but it sure seems like a breakup is inevitable at this point. Sherman is known just as much for his outspoken views (much too harshly maligned) as he is for his elite-level cornerback play. Any team in the league would love to have a player of Sherman’s caliber leading the back half of their secondary, and it’s rare that players of his talents become available while they still have some good years left in the tank.

The obvious needs of the Packers secondary would connect the two as a perfect match, if only the Ted Thompson mantra of draft and develop did not exist. Thompson’s overconfidence in “his” guys has led to a roster that continually falls short despite having one of the most feared quarterbacks manning the position in his prime. Instead of swinging for the fences, the team continues to draft C+/B- players  that are solid and will consistently be overmatched by more talented opponents once it gets down to the “last 4” teams. Sherman is an all-pro at his best, and could turn a major weakness into a strength very quickly. If even given 75% of what his best play is, he would immediately become the best cornerback the Packers have on the roster by a long shot.

Unfortunately, it seems all the more likely that Thompson will stick with the likes of Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins, as well as hinging ill-guided hopes that Davon House can return and be a serviceable player after being benched in Jacksonville last season. New England re-loads every year, and their model has shown the importance of building your team via trade and free agency as well as the draft. Thompson has signed Martellus Bennett over keeping Jared Cook, which should result in a bit of an upgrade. However, that upgrade is not as significant as everyone would like to believe and Bennett has a length injury history of his own. Sherman would without a doubt represent a major upgrade over anything the Packers currently have on their roster, and the Packers would be extremely fortunate if they were able to acquire a player of his caliber to lead the defense desperately in need of a makeover.

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