Richard Sherman doubles down on criticism of Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll

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Cornerback Richard Sherman is set to play his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, for the first time on Sunday.CorneRich (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)
Cornerback Richard Sherman is set to play his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, for the first time on Sunday.CorneRich (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)

Richard Sherman is set to play in Seattle as a visiting player for the first time on Sunday, and he’s reminding everyone that he’s not thrilled with the way his tenure with his former team ended.

Sherman spent the first seven years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he won a Super Bowl, was selected to four Pro Bowls, and was named first-team All-Pro three times. Sherman led one of the greatest defensive units of all time — The Legion of Boom — and intercepted a league-best eight passes in 2013.

However, things came to a screeching halt in March when the Seahawks released Sherman, who was recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, rather than pay him $11 million for the 2019 season. One day later, Sherman signed a three-year, $39 million deal with his hometown (and Seahawks rivals) San Francisco 49ers.

“You just expect that after you’ve done so much for a franchise that they wouldn’t cut you while you’re hurt,” Sherman told reporters, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday. “It’s kind of more of a respect thing than anything. But they did. So you’ve kind of got to roll with the business.”

Sherman on Carroll and Wilson

Sherman is never one to mince words, and he’s spoken out about the Seahawks several times before. Shortly after being released, Sherman said that he thought Seattle “kind of lost their way a little bit” in terms of evaluating talent and that head coach Pete Carroll’s “philosophy is more built for college.” He and former teammate Michael Bennett both said that they would tune Carroll out in some team meetings.

The 30-year old cornerback stands by those words, and didn’t have many positive ones to share about some teammates. Sherman said he doesn’t have a relationship with quarterback Russell Wilson at this point, although the two have had their ups and downs since Sherman cursed at Russell in a 2014 practice.

“I’ve also seen him throw five picks in a game,” Sherman said. “So you see what he’s capable of on both sides of it. You understand that he can be defended.”

Former teammates weigh in

Sherman is still on friendly terms with several Seahawks, though, including his former Stanford teammate Doug Baldwin, who shared his disdain for how the two parties split.

“I thought it was really s—–, to be honest with you, how it ended,” Baldwin said, per The News Tribune. “I would really have liked for him to stay here, and have an opportunity to finish his career with this organization.”

Others are excited to see him as well, so long as he and the 49ers don’t do too well. Linebacker Bobby Wagner said that he wanted to make sure Sherman didn’t get an interception, even if it meant running onto the field.

“I think it’ll be cool to see him. He’s a guy we’ve been fighting with for a long time. It’s going to be cool to be back on the same field,” Wagner said Wednesday. “I was hoping that you’re able to play a long time with the people you came into this game with.

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