The Seattle Seahawks are still holding their cards close to the vest on their offseason plans but some information on defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was pried out of general manager John Schneider on Friday. While talking to the media for the first time since the Seahawks' season ended, Schneider was asked how talks with the defensive lineman were going. After a very sarcastic response, he actually did divulge somewhat relevant information. "We'd love to re-sign him. Specifically you want me to say how [we re-sign him?] Yeah that be great. Well, we met with his guys last night and uh..," Schneider deadpanned sarcastically. "We actually did meet with his guys last night." So the Seahawks aren't just paying lip service to wanting to retain Richardson after giving up a second-round pick and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to acquire him the week before the 2017 regular season began. But the real revelation from Friday is Schneider confirming how they'll go about trying to bring back Richardson. After his presser was over, the veteran G.M. told reporters they did not plan to use their franchise tag on Richardson at this point, according to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta. Tagging Richardson would pay him around $14 million on a one-year tender offer but gives the team time to negotiate a longer term deal. With cap space at a premium for the Seahawks, they're likely hoping to get his cap hit for 2018 much lower than that while still locking him up for the next few years. And they should be able to use a statistically down season to do it.
John Schneider says Seahawks unlikely to tag Sheldon Richardson
247 Sports | Mar 2