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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman, Representing Himself, Plans on Coming Back to Seattle in 2018

Cornerback Richard Sherman says he expects to be back with the Seattle Seahawks next season and revealed that he has been serving as his own agent for at least a year, Brady Henderson of ESPN reports.

Sherman is coming off surgery to repair a torn Achilles and is entering the final year of his contract, which includes a nonguaranteed $11 million base salary for 2018. Those factors, combined with Sherman’s age — he turns 30 in March — and how the Seahawks openly shopped him in trade talks last offseason, has led to some speculation that Seattle might move on.

“Not in my mind,” he said Thursday when asked if he questions whether he’ll be with Seattle in 2018. “We’re going to try to get everything back on track, get healthy and try to get back after it. Hopefully everybody heals up the way they’re supposed to. I hope Kam [Chancellor] can play and it works out however it needs to for him. But obviously [the roster is] going to look different either way.”

Chancellor suffered a season-ending and career-threatening neck injury in the same Nov. 9 game in which Sherman ruptured his right Achilles. That injury ended Sherman’s season and snapped his streak of 105 consecutive games played to begin his career. Their absences were felt as the Seahawks went 3-4 over their final seven games — with three of those losses coming by a combined 11 points — and finished 9-7 to miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Sherman had Achilles surgery shortly after the injury and has an upcoming cleanup procedure to remove bone spurs on the same part of his other foot. He said he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

“It feels great, man,” he said. “It feels a lot better than when it happened.”

Sherman expects to begin running around mid-April or early May.

“I could probably be fully ready to go in minicamp, but they won’t let me do anything,” he said. “So I’ll probably have to be out there running and training … but they won’t let me practice until training camp.”

Sherman revealed that he’s serving as his own agent when asked about how he’s entering the final year of his deal. The Seahawks have tended to wait until players are at that stage of their contracts before extending them, which would make Sherman eligible for a new deal under that M.O.

“I’m sure we’ll have some communication,” he said. “I’m representing myself. The whole agent thing is really overrated at this point. So any conversations we have, we’ll do that, but the cap situation is already kind of weird, so we’ll see what happens.”

He was asked if he thinks his injury might lessen the chance of getting a new deal before the season.

“Honestly I’m not sure on their side of things,” he said. “It doesn’t change anything in my mind. If we have the talks, we do, if we don’t, then it is what it is. I plan on playing five, six more years, whether it’s here or somewhere else. Business is business.”

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