John McGrath of The News Tribune is a little concerned about the whereabouts of Richard Sherman, after he says an imposter who looks similar to the Seattle Seahawks cornerback went on ESPN’s first take an angrily took on blowhard Skip Bayless on Thursday.
McGrath: “It was eerie, Sherm. Here was this jerk on ESPN, purporting to be Richard Sherman, and as expertly as he mimicked your voice, it was obvious he wasn’t the real Richard Sherman, the product of a hardscrabble neighborhood in Compton, Calif. who earned a scholarship to Stanford, graduated with a communications degree, and went on to become the kick-butt cornerback acknowledged as the heart and soul of the Seahawks’ defense.
That Richard Sherman is an authentic wonder — a role model for kids, and an inspiration for their parents. That Richard Sherman makes me proud to be a sportswriter. There aren’t many occupations affording rumpled old duffs like me a chance to converse with some of the best and brightest young talents in the land, and I’ve got one of them.
Between us, Sherm? I’m a little scared. Is everything OK? I was waiting for you to go on Twitter and clarify that the smug, joyless person who taunted the smug, joyless co-host of “First Take” wasn’t you. I’m still waiting.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com attempts to do a little damage control, giving us a view of all the good charity work Sherman is doing down in Los Angeles.
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides a glimpse at John Abraham’s three-year production.
Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Post-Gazette reports that free agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins agents says he would like to return to the Packers. Jenkins visited with Seattle last week.
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports that backup quarterback Matt Moore has re-signed with Miami, taking another quarterback off the free agency market. This move could help Seattle in trying to move Matt Flynn. Darlington reports that Moore received a two-year deal worth $8 million.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes that former NFL quarterback and Tacoma native Jon Kitna will throw passes to Central Michigan receiver Cody Wilson during his pro day. Kitna is friends with Wilson’s father, Detroit Lions chaplain Dave Wilson.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com updates is top 64 draft prospects on his big board. Desmond Trufant jumps up to No.13.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated lists his top 50 free agents.