Richard Sherman trade talks were rooted in his bitterness over Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX loss

It’s brutally painful to know that your team was a single decision away from a Super Bowl win. It’s haunted Richard Sherman from the moment that the Seahawks chose to pass from the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX, according to a new feature from ESPN’s Seth Wickersham.

The news back in April that the Seahawks were open to the idea of trading Sherman, their vocal defensive leader, was surprising. Even more surprising was the revelation that Sherman was open to the idea of a trade. According to Wickersham, this was just one more side effect of Sherman’s lingering anger.

The Seahawks’ loss in the Super Bowl is at the heart of it all

In Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks were on the 1-yard line, poised to beat the Patriots and win their second consecutive Super Bowl.

On second-and-goal with 26 seconds remaining, and with Marshawn Lynch available, Seattle called a pass play. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler picked it off, and the Patriots were able to knee it out to secure the 28-24 win.

Sherman’s heartbreak on the sideline after the play was palpable.


Right after the game, many Seahawks players were frustrated. Last season, after a close win over the Patriots in New England that came down to another 1-yard play, several players and Pete Carroll said they had moved on from the heartbreaking Super Bowl loss.

Sherman’s pain hasn’t subsided.

Sherman’s conflicts on and off the field escalated last season

That lingering resentment boiled over a few times last year.

Sherman had sideline altercations with coaches and teammates

Sherman got into heated arguments with teammates and defensive coordinator Kris Richard on the sideline last October after the Seahawks defense allowed a big play to Falcons receiver Julio Jones.

It happened again in December when the Seahawks decided to call a passing play on third down from the 1-yard line again.

The play worked. It was a pass to a wide-open

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