General manager John Schneider said Thursday night that the odds are against the Seattle Seahawks trading cornerback Richard Sherman, but with the draft one week away, he didn't shut the door on the possibility of a deal.
"Right now, I don't think the odds [of a trade] are very good," Schneider said during an interview with the "Danny, Dave and Moore" show on 710 ESPN Seattle. "But if somebody comes cruising along and something happens, and we do something, it happens.
"We have constant communication with him. I talked to him this evening. So it's cool. Everything's fine. I just think that the only reason we would do it is to basically create some cap room and try to become a younger football team. But that's just one option."
Coach Pete Carroll and Schneider have said on multiple occasions in the past two months that the Seahawks would consider trading Sherman for the right offer.
Sherman, 29, has two years remaining on his contract. He is due $11.43 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018.
Schneider was asked about a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter that Sherman initially requested a trade.
"It's one of those things where the dialogue we have with our guys is not somebody comes bashing through the door like you would see in a football movie or something like, 'I demand to be traded!'" Schneider said. "It's not like that. It just doesn't work that way. The way I would answer it is we just have this dialogue with guys all the time, and I think he'd admit that he had a rough year. So he's looking for maybe a new spark, and he's either going to find that here in Seattle or he's going to find it somewhere else. But odds are he's going to find it here."
Schneider spoke to 710 ESPN Seattle at a charity event to support Ben's Fund, an organization created by Schneider and his wife, Traci, to help families impacted by autism.