While we don’t know exactly who will be playing cornerback opposite Stephon Gilmore, one thing we do know is that it won’t be Richard Sherman according to report.
According to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE, the Patriots are not interested in trading for Sherman:
— CSN New England (@CSNNE) April 6, 2017
Seattle GM John Schneider acknowledged on Wednesday that the trade buzz surrounding Sherman was very real. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald then reported that the Patriots — while not aggressively pursuing the possibility of Sherman – may look to trade for him if they lost restricted free agent Malcolm Butler.
The Seahawks are looking for a player and a high draft pick in return according to Pro Football Talk, something the Patriots aren’t willing to do.
This leads me to believe one thing and one thing only, the Patriots are planning on Malcolm Butler signing his tender and playing this year for the Patriots.
I can’t imagine the Patriots would lose Butler and Ryan, add Gilmore and think they are done. Cyrus Jones isn’t the answer yet, the Patriots need someone opposite Gilmore, otherwise it’s a step back.
Plain and simple, the Patriots need more help at corner. Whether it’s Malcolm or Sherm, they need one of these two guys. The Patriots do not have a 1st or 2nd round pick, so getting solid help in the draft will be a task.
The Patriots do still have $21 million in cap space available, so it’ll be interesting to see how they utilize that.