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Richard Sherman asked for trade, Seattle Seahawks demand ransom

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Alex Butler
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has two years left on his contract, but reportedly wants to be traded. (Seahawks/Instagram)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has two years left on his contract, but reportedly wants to be traded. (Seahawks/Instagram)

April 7 (UPI) -- All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was the one who reportedly initiated trade talks with the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN reported Friday that the dynamic defender, not the team, began trade talks. Sherman "was the one who wanted to be traded initially." The report also stated that the "Seahawks were obliging him and his request."

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Sherman, 29, is due $11.4 million this season. He is set to earn $11 million next season in the final year of his five-year, $58.7 million contract.

NFL.com reported Thursday that the Seahawks are looking for "potentially a very good player on a lower contract" as part of a deal for the cornerback. The Seahawks could also want a first round pick, according to the report. The Miami Herald also reported that the Seahawks are looking for a "very good player plus a high draft pick."

ESPN reported Thursday that the Seahawks aren't just taking calls from other teams, but also initiating trade discussions.

After Sherman was initially linked to the New England Patriots, CSN New England reported Thursday that the Super Bowl champions are "not interested in trading" for the defender.

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The four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro had 38 tackles, four interceptions, and 13 passes defended in 2016. He also ranked as Pro Football Focus' No. 10 cornerback.

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