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Confident he’ll return from his Achilles injury by training camp, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is aiming to play much further into the future despite entering the final year of his contract.

“Honestly I’m not sure on their side of things,” Sherman said, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN. “It doesn’t change anything in my mind. If we have the talks, we do, if we don’t, then it is what it is. I plan on playing five, six more years, whether it’s here or somewhere else. Business is business.”

Sherman has been acting as his own agent since his previous representation, Ben Dogra of CAA, had his license temporarily revoked by the NFLPA in January, 2016.

He doesn’t feel as though he’s missing out.

“It was just, I don’t need an agent at this point,” Sherman said. “My resume kind of is what it is – and if that’s not enough, then I don’t know what’s going to be enough.”

Sherman isn’t paying attention to rumors that the Seahawks could release him this offseason due to the injury, or to the fact he’ll turn 30 years old at the end of March and is due a non-guaranteed $11 million base salary for the upcoming season.

The Seahawks reportedly shopped Sherman last offseason but were unable to find a suitor willing to match a seemingly high asking price.

They were rewarded, as Sherman finished his abbreviated season as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 33 cornerback.

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Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas hinted at a holdout if he doesn’t receive a contract extension during the offseason.

Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time and has established himself as arguably the best safety of his generation.

The 28-year-old is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2018 season and is owed $8.5 million in base salary for the final year of his contract.

“I want to finish my career there,” Thomas said Thursday to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco and Brady Henderson. “I definitely don’t see myself going out there not signed. But I’m going to continue to work my butt off and enjoy this process at the Pro Bowl.

“As far as my future in Seattle, I think if they want me, you know, money talks. We’ll get something accomplished. Other than that, I’m just taking it one day at a time.”

Thomas has spent his entire career with the Seahawks after being selected 14th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. The standout safety helped the Seahawks win their lone Super Bowl title in franchise history in 2013, and is one of the core components of the “Legion of Boom.”

After a December victory against the Dallas Cowboys, Thomas told Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett “come get me,” leading some to believe that he’d sign with his boyhood club when his deal expires.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett believes his time with the club may have come to an end.

The Seahawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 after losing 26-24 to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and Bennett thinks he’ll be phased out over the winter.

“I probably won’t be back next year,” Bennett said to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

“Just seems like it’s a young man’s game. I can see them going younger, with younger players. That’s part of the game.”

Bennett recorded 39 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 15 games this season while playing through injuries.

The veteran defensive lineman expects he won’t be the only key Seahawks member finding a new team for 2018.

“I expect there to be a lot of changes,” Bennett said. “Especially when you lose, there’s always changes. … Like I said, it’s a young man’s game. We lost a lot of players, and we’ve seen some of those great players, when those young people got in the game they had to be prepared. So I could see trying to get those guys going and seeing what happens.

“With me, I’m fine. I mean, whatever happens, I’ve loved being a Seahawk. … You love the organization. You love the players that you played with. We’ve won a lot of games. So if I am not here, I would never have any hard feelings toward the organization. I love Pete Carroll and (general manager) John Schneider, and we just move forward. It’s part of football.

“This is just part of sports. It just keep growing and you continuously play for another organization, if you have the opportunity.”

The Seahawks routinely have been in the running for the Super Bowl for the past five years, but 2017 marked the first year their core showed signs of decline, with the exceptions of Russell WilsonBobby Wagner, and Doug Baldwin. Bennett may be onto something with his thinking, and the Seahawks will be one of the more compelling teams to monitor during the offseason.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has denied sexual harassment claims levied against him by a former executive assistant and intends to fight the allegation in court.

lawsuit filed in California on Monday accused Moon of sexual harassment, sexual battery, and discrimination based on sex, among other damages.

“Warren Moon has yet to be served with the lawsuit … but he is aware of the claims contained in it,” Moon’s attorney Daniel Fears said in a statement obtained by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Mr. Moon contends these claims are meritless, and he has every intention to vigorously defend himself in court.”

The accuser was hired as Moon’s executive assistant in July, traveling around the country with him to various speaking engagements and appearances. However, she was demoted by Moon’s marketing firm after she complained about his alleged sexual advances.

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor will miss the rest of the season due to a neck injury, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed Monday on ESPN Seattle, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

It was already reported that the hard-hitting member of the Legion of Boom wouldn’t be able to return this year.

Asked about Chancellor’s future playing career, considering the nature of his neck injury, Carroll said, “It’s really up to him.”

The Seahawks now have to make a late-season playoff push without two of their star defenders, as Richard Sherman is already done for the year after suffering an Achilles injury.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll confirmed cornerback Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles during Thursday’s win against the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the season, per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.

Sherman left the game during the third quarter and limped off the field. The broadcast appeared to show him telling teammates that he’d torn his Achilles.

Team doctors confirmed Sherman will need season-ending surgery to repair the tendon.

“He couldn’t even walk. Remarkable competitor,” Carroll said of Sherman postgame, via Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.

The veteran cornerback told reporters he’d expected to tear his Achilles at some point this year after battling through an injury to the tendon throughout much of the season.

“When it goes, it goes,” Sherman said via Will Brinson of CBS Sports.

Sherman had never missed a game in his seven-year career and it’s a devastating loss for the Seahawks’ secondary. Jeremy Lane and Justin Coleman will likely vie for increased snaps.

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Some consider NFL players protesting during the U.S. national anthem to be disrespectful, arguing that it’s a slight against those that serve in the military.

But for Michael Bennett – one of the league’s most outspoken players on social injustice – it’s a question of doing “the right thing,” regardless of the time or place.

“There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing,” Bennett said Thursday, according to Seahawks Wire’s Lindsey Wisniewski. “Regardless of where you’re at, when there’s a time to do the right thing, you do the right thing. No matter where we’re at in the world, cooking, doing whatever we’re doing at any time, it’s always the right time to do the right thing. There isn’t a place that you feel we shouldn’t do the right thing.”

The Seattle Seahawks‘ star defensive end pledged to sit for “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the entire 2017 season prior to President Donald Trump’s criticism of protesting players, which led to widespread demonstrations throughout the league in Week 3,

Bennett offered to sit down with the president to talk about his issues with protesters Monday, and the pass-rusher extended the same olive branch again.

“I just think that it has to be dialogue between the people who disagree with you and what you believe in to have a conversation about why did he say the certain things,” Bennett said. “To be able to have that dialogue is important, I hate to write him off and just have an opinion about him before you get a chance to have a conversation (with him). For me, it’s always about that.”

Bennett made headlines in early September when he revealed he’d been subject to police brutality in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. He alleged that an officer threatened to “blow (his) fucking head off” before ultimately releasing him. The Las Vegas police department referred to Bennett’s claims as “obvious false allegations.”

“Is there really a time that we shouldn’t be talking about equality?” Bennett said. “When is there not a time to talk about that? We find the time to talk about the Kardashians. We find the time to talk about fantasy football. But when do we find the time to talk about the realities of America, the realities of being a great human being and figuring out how do we make a better world for our kids.”