— Story by Kyle Nunnamaker @KMN735
Just imagine, the Eagles are on the clock in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft and with the 149th overall pick and they select CB Richard Sherman from Stanford. Boy would that would have changed the foundation of the Eagles defense. Unfortunately this was not the case. Philly drafted RB Dion Lewis with that 149th pick, who ended up successful with the New England Patriots, not the Eagles, some years later.
Now we sit here six years later, still looking for that #1 cornerback to hold down the Eagles’ secondary as a 7th round draft pick is currently holding that responsibility. But wait, there’s a chance for the Eagles to land Richard Sherman after all? We cannot pass up on him twice, right?
Well times have changed since that 2011 NFL Draft and Richard Sherman is one of the best CB’s in the league, which means he comes with a hefty price tag. With this and other factors in mind, it would be a mistake to try and land the Seattle All-Pro. First of all, what would the Birds have to give up to get the 29-year-old corner?
A realistic possibility would be a 1st-round pick or even a 1st or 2nd-round pick with a top player added to the mix. With the CB depth in this current draft class, I’d hold off on a blockbuster trade and take an impact corner who is much younger. Also, what player would the Eagles’ realistically have to give up in this trade? I highly doubt Seattle would see Jason Kelce or Ryan Mathews as part of a fair trade. Other than those players, the Birds cannot really afford to give up any other offensive players. A more realistic player that would be part of the trade would come from the defensive side of the ball, so we’re looking at a Fletcher Cox or Jordan Hicks type player. Do you really want to trade Jordan Hicks and a 2nd rounder for a CB who is pushing 30 years of age?
Let’s face it. The Eagles will not be ready to compete for a championship for two to three more years if everything falls into place. Yes, I’m looking at you Howie. By the time the Birds are a legitimate contender, Sherman will be 32 and on the steep down slope of his career. Just ask 31-year-old Darrelle Revis. It isn’t even a guarantee that Sherman would be on the team by the time he is 32 anyway! But hey, if you want to pay a CB $11,000,000 a year for the next two years, while not being sure he will be on the team when Carson Wentz is ready to make that playoff push, and giving up a younger impact player (perhaps two with the draft pick given up) by all means set the franchise back on defense.
Trading for Richard Sherman sounds like another band-aid being placed on a position of need. Please, let’s not do this again. I cannot go through the band-aid situation anymore at the CB position. How do we even know Sherman will look as good without the best safety duo in the league by his side? Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Sherman is a product of a good scheme but his effectiveness could slightly decrease. Besides, the Philadelphia Eagles’ owner of 23 years preached patience not too long ago, so what kind of message would this be sending if a trade like this went down?