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This article first appeared on April 6, 2017

The Seahawks, oddly, have openly talked about trading Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.

Plenty of teams will be interested, but that might not include the Redskins. 

One of the best players in the NFL, Sherman is a model of durability and skill in the Seattle secondary. He has not missed a game in his six year career and has made the last four Pro Bowl teams. Last season, Sherman hauled in four interceptions and broke up another 13 passes. Pro Football Focus ranked Sherman the 10th best corner in the league with a grade of +14.

So why wouldn't the Redskins go after him?

Simple: Money.

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Sherman is due an $11 million salary in 2017, and another $11 million in 2018.

After signing linebacker Zach Brown earlier this week, the Redskins only have about $9 million left under the salary cap. Remember too that the team needs around $2 million in cap space to sign their 10 draft picks later this month. 

Yes, Washington could create more salary cap space by releasing veterans or reworking deals. DeAngelo Hall is owed more than $4 million this fall, and the veteran safety said in January he understands it's likely he will have to alter his contract.

Beyond the salary cap, Josh Norman is already on the books for $16.5 million this season and $13.5 million next year. It would be unorthodox for the 'Skins to invest nearly $30 million in a pair of corners, even with a rising cap. 

 

Lastly, it sounds like Sherman doesn't actually expect to be traded.

"Very little chance it happens, but both sides are listening," Sherman said of the trade talk via Albert Breer for MMQB.com.

A trade could happen, but it seems unlikely.

It seems even more unlikely that trade would be to Washington. 

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