Longtime NFL scribe Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes that he likes everything that Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman stands for as Stanford graduate who made it out of Compton, Calif, and as a fifth round draft pick quickly developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
However, Bell says that Sherman’s silly, off-the-field antics are overshadowing his play on the field.
It’s an interesting take from Bell, but one I don’t totally agree with. Sherman’s antics are more playful banter than mean-spirited tough talk. And in talking with other players and folks who cover the NFL, I don’t get the sense that his behavior is affecting his perception around the league. People who watch the game know Sherman can play.
Bell: “He is an amazing success story, wrapped in will, skill and quick wits. He made it out of Compton, Calif. Yet execute a Google search, and the menu is littered with foolishness, much of it stemming from a recent Twitter beef with New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis.
What a shame.
Sherman — who also has made news for taunting Tom Brady and for winning an appeal of a four-game NFL suspension for the banned substance Adderall — has so much to offer, but he’s building a reputation fueled by idiocy.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com provides more information on Sherman’s SWAG (Students With A Goal) tour to neighborhood schools in south central Los Angeles.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that according to an NFL source, four teams have contacted free agent defensive back Charles Woodson expressing interest, including the Seahawks, Dolphins, Jets and Giants.
Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated puts Woodson on his list of top 10 potential busts in free agency, wondering how much the veteran defensive back has left in the tank.
Mike Garafolo of USA Today writes that Washington State University and Rogers High of Puyallup graduate Brandon Gibson is gaining steam as a productive receiver and inexpensive alternative available in free agency.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports writes that this year’s draft has a deep pool of talent at defensive line, with as many as 20 defensive linemen projected to go in the first two rounds. Kirwan offers a nice breakdown of what type of player teams are looking for at each position of a 4-3 and 3-4 alignment.