SEATTLE -- A few social-media posts Wednesday led to a frenzy of speculation about the future of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, including a note on Facebook from Sherman's mother, Beverly, in which she said she was sad that her son "will no longer be a Seahawk."
But while Sherman could well be released in coming days -- by the end of Wednesday the conventional wisdom held that that was the most likely outcome with Michael Silver of the NFL Network saying he will be released "sometime in the next two days" -- the team had nothing to announce throughout the day.
Still, it also became increasingly clear by the end of the day that one of the franchise's most iconic players may well have played his final game in Seattle.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Wednesday afternoon, and the Seattle Times confirmed, that Sherman -- who is acting as his own agent -- had met with Seattle coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider to discuss his future with each side understanding that Sherman's days with the Seahawks may be over.
The issue apparently is that the team would like Sherman to agree to a new contract that would include a pay cut from the $11 million he is scheduled to receive in 2018, the final season of a four-year deal he signed with Seattle in the spring of 2014.
The team's thinking is based in part on the uncertainty over what kind of player Sherman will be in 2018 after having suffered an Achilles tendon injury on Nov. 9 at Arizona -- he also turns 30 on March 20.
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Sherman, though, apparently wants no part of a pay cut -- at least in Seattle -- and may well prefer to be released and then get to choose where he plays next. It's thought the Seahawks would take Sherman back at a lower salary but that if he has to take less, Sherman likely would want to do that somewhere else.
If Sherman is traded or released, the Seahawks would save $11 million against the salary cap in 2018.
Seattle would obviously prefer to trade Sherman and at least get something for him. But his injury could make that problematic, as well as the fact that teams now know that the Seahawks may well just release him in a few days.
Contacted by The Seattle Times, Sherman -- expected to attend NFL Players Association meetings beginning Thursday -- said he had no comment.