Social media swirls with rumors about Richard Sherman's status with Seahawks

    Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) argues a penalty call with umpire Paul King (121) in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

    RENTON, Wash. -- Social media was abuzz Wednesday about Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman as there have been cryptic signs that he may not be back next season.

    Tweets and Facebook posts had him gone or going or staying.

    Then again, there is no official word from the team, and Sherman himself has told reporters that nothing is official. Hereportedlymet with team officials, but apparently no decision was made.

    At the end of all the speculation, his status with the team appears to be the same -- for now.

    At one point during the day, Sherman's mother, Beverly, posted on her Facebook page that her son was no longer a Seahawk. But her Facebook post that announced that was later removed.

    Then she posted that she has not confirmed anything and is hearing the same reports as everyone else., quoting NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, says Sherman doesn't expect to be back.

    But later, of course, Rapoport tweeted that the Seahawks may trade, release or keep Sherman. In short, nothing is certain.

    Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network says Sherman, who is his own agent, met with Coach Pete Carroll and General Manger John Schneider.

    But like Rapoport, he said the metting did not come to a conclusion.

    The speculation began when Jeremy Lane and Kam Chancellor seemed to imply Sherman was on his way out.

    Sherman expressed confusion over Lane's tweet to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

    Sherman, 29, has been a mainstay of the team's fabled "Legion of Boom" secondary that was part of the top-scoring defense three years in a row. He was drafted in 2011 in the 5th round from Stanford and instanly became a household name during the 2013 NFC Championship against San Francisco when he tipped a ball in the end zone, leading to an interception and sealing victory for the Seahawks. They would go on to win their first Super Bowl in team history.

    Sherman has been one of the top corners in the league since, but had been fighting injuries of late, and his 2017 season ended with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

    The Seahawks have been rumored to be making several changes to the team this offseason in the wake of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Defensive standouts Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril could retire after suffering neck injuries and reports are that defensive tackle Michael Bennett is being traded to Philadelphia.

    Updates to follow as more details become available.

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