The No. 2 best player for the Seahawks

In the continuing countdown of the top 12 players for the Seahawks entering the 2014 season, this man is the best player at his position in the NFL, and he’s happy to tell you so.

No. 2: cornerback Richard Sherman -- The casual NFL fan may only know Sherman for a postgame rant after the NFC Championships Game, which is a shame.

Sherman is an extraordinary athlete who has revolutionized the cornerback position, proving a tall and lanky guy can play the spot as well as anyone has ever played it.

Since coming to the NFL in 2011, Sherman leads the league in interceptions with 20 and passes defensed with 60. His eight interceptions in 2013 were an NFL best. Sherman is a big-play specialist, often showing his best at times when the game is on the line.

His 58-yard pick-six last September at Houston in the fourth quarter is the reason Seattle was able to win the game in OT. And his deflection in the end zone, which linebacker Malcolm Smith intercepted, saved the game in Seattle’s 23-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship.

Sadly, the play became the secondary story to Sherman’s national TV rant afterwards. It reinforced his reputation of being a big mouth jerk, which is obviously false to anyone who knows him and talks to him on a regular basis.

Sherman is a caring individual, a brilliant guy, and a person dedicated to perfecting his craft and helping his community. He also is the best cornerback of his era.

Contract status: He’s an incredible bargain for now, but not for long. Sherman is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $1.4 million this season. That’s peanuts compared to what he will receive in his next contract. The Seahawks would love to work out a contract extension and wrap this up before the 2014 season begins, but it’s unlikely. They also have the option of using a franchise tag on Sherman after this season.