Why Richard Sherman wouldn’t make sense and who they could target instead?

SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 19: Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks takes the field for the 2014 NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey—Getty Images)

The Eagles obviously need to address the cornerback position.  As of right now the starters in place are Jalen Mills and recently acquired, Patrick Robinson on the outside with Ron Brooks in the slot. Obviously that will change with the draft almost two weeks away. However, starting two rookie cornerbacks on the outside isn’t necessarily the best idea. Keep in mind the Eagles will be facing Odell Beckham JR, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, and Terrelle Pryor all twice this year. The Eagles might want to add another veteran cornerback that is capable of taking on the role as a number one at least for this year. This is where I drop Richard Sherman’s name to the crowd.

 

Richard Sherman is known as one of the best cornerbacks in the league. The six-year vet is already tied for seventh on the current interceptions leaders with 30. But this doesn’t mean he would work out for the Eagles. Sherman thrives in press/three deep zone coverage scheme and that just isn’t what the Eagles are known for. Jim Schwartz hasn’t ever been willing to change his scheme for one player so trading Richard Sherman wouldn’t make sense for the Eagles. When you think about what the price would be to get Sherman from the Seahawks that also doesn’t fit into the Eagles strengths. A first or even a second round pick for a 29 year-old isn’t the greatest idea and especially with the thought that Sherman wouldn’t fit in with the Eagles defense. The Eagles brought in Joe Douglas to help draft the right players and develop them into effective players. Trading a high round pick for Sherman defeats the purpose of Douglas being here. I think it would be more of a distraction then an advantage getting Sherman in Philly.

 

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller.
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If the Eagles really want to trade for a cornerback, which I wouldn’t rule out, I would look at a guy like Kyle Fuller who seems to be the forgotten and odd man out of the Chicago Bears secondary. Fuller just turned 25 last month and the Bears seem to be through with Fuller, who missed the entire 2016 season. Being a former first round pick and one who showed great promise in a scheme that matches Schwartz’s is something of interest. Fuller, however went through coaching changes and he struggled to a degree where the Bears went out and paid  Prince Amukamara and Jonathan Banks this offseason. Fuller, like many of the Eagles acquisitions this offseason, would be coming in on an one-year deal to “prove it” in this league. Joe Douglas has a background with Bears since that is where he was working before the Eagles hired him last year. Trading for Fuller wouldn’t make the Eagles a contender, but getting a decent corner that is relatively young is a move I would be more comfortable making for the state the Eagles are currently in. Keep in mind, the market for Fuller would be no more than a mid to late round draft pick.

 

 

-Sean Brennan

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