SKIP: "If I'm the Dallas Cowboys, I'm calling Seattle, offering my first-round pick, 28th overall, straight-up for Richard Sherman.
"Now, you might argue that's way too much to pay for a cornerback who's about to be 29 years of age, who had a couple of injuries last year, a neck and a knee, that he fought through. But obviously, my Dallas Cowboys now have a glaring need not only at cornerback, but at safety. ...
"Which brings us to Richard Sherman. I've had my personal issues with Richard. He will probably, if in fact he winds up as a Cowboy, he's going to have his issue with the Cowboys, because he had his issues with Pete Carroll. It got to the point where he's telling Pete Carroll during a game, as you recall, 'Run the ball,' down on the goal line, right? 'Don't throw the ball.'"
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Skip: Sherman is still a Pro Bowler despite the injuries
SKIP: "What are you doing, Richard? And [Shannon] got to the point where you proclaimed him a dirty football player, right? Which indicates a level of desperation, which indicates your level of performance is falling off.
"And I don't care about any of that, because I still think that Richard had a very good year. Despite the neck injury, despite the knee injury that became very controversial because it wasn't disclosed — despite all that, he made his fourth straight Pro Bowl.
"And despite all that, I'm going to hang my hat on one stat that I found this morning: he allowed, Richard Sherman did, a completion only once every 14 snaps in coverage.
"That was No. 1 in the NFL. Now, you can argue it's the scheme they're playing, but I did see Richard travel a little more than he ever has before. I did. For what it's worth, there were times he would go to the slot. So I'm going to give him that."
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Skip: Trading for Sherman would mean cutting Romo, too
SKIP: "And in the end, I have no idea about the salary cap fit, because it just boggles my mind. I can't even begin to break it down. He counts, next year, $13.6 [million] against the cap. Dallas, for a while, had the worst cap space, then they re-did some contracts.
SHANNON: "They don't have $13 million."
SKIP: "Well, they still have that guy Romo on the roster. Maybe this would require that Romo be immediately released, instead of trying to play poker with Elway and Bob McNair into training camp. So maybe that would be a fortuitous development also."
SHANNON: "You know what? That's why you want Richard Sherman. It's not so much because he's a cornerback. It's not that you need defensive help. That would require them getting rid of Romo and getting that $24 million off the books."
SKIP: "I'm going to assume that's exactly what would happen, and I am bullish on that. I say, 'Go, Jerry, go,' and 'Go, Romo, go — out of Dallas.' So I would love this."
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Shannon: There's one question the Cowboys have to answer here
SHANNON: "Skip, normally I wouldn't give up a first-round pick for a cornerback, but Dallas is a special case here, because they're selecting 28th in the draft.
"And you have to ask yourself, at that spot we're picking, is there anyone that we can select, be it a defensive lineman — because I believe they're going to go go defensive line or cornerback — is there anyone that we can select that will give us the value and the production that Richard Sherman will give us? He has two years left on his contract, so let's just say they keep him for two years.
"So over the next two years, is there anyone that we can select in the draft that will give us the production that Richard Sherman will provide provide for us this year and next?"
SKIP: "I'm going to give it a big no. Not certainly in the next two years. Maybe somebody would develop in the third year, but I'm not seeing it."
SHANNON: "Well if that's the case, you have to do the deal."
Shannon: Sherman comes with significant baggage
SHANNON: "This is what you have to understand now, Skip. You're bringing in a big, big, big, big personality.
"He's outspoken. I don't have a problem with his outspokenness. I have a problem with his disrespect, because he was openly and blatantly disrespectful to Pete Carroll. ...
"My problem is, Skip — whether you're a senior, whether you're a baby boomer, whether you're a millennial, there's something that's called respect. And it has no age, and it has no era. There's a decorum that should always be followed. And Pete Carroll is Richard Sherman's boss.
"Now, if you want to go to him a private setting and you say, 'Coach, we had a bad situation a couple years ago, when we threw the ball when I thought we should have run it. Speaking for the guys on the defensive side of the football, we would appreciate if we were in that situation again, you hand the ball off.'
"But when you, unprompted — the media didn't ask him this. He volunteered this. ... But for you to say, 'I told the head coach on the sidelines, don't do that again. Don't sacrifice our hard work.' ... Skip, this is tough for me."
Shannon: Sherman's disrespect won't fly in Dallas
SHANNON: "Let's just say, for the sake of argument, this deal goes through. You know, Jerry's going to be Jerry. Think he'll tell Jerry, 'Jerry, you're meddling too much. You need to stop talking.' How you think that's going to fly with Jerry, Skip?"
SKIP: "Well, you know him. It wouldn't get off the ground."
SHANNON: "Exactly. And that's the problem. Look, I don't have a problem with guys being outspoken. I was a guy that spoke my mind. But one thing that I think in the work place that should always be adhered to is respect."