Richard Sherman to the Dolphins? Three holes in ESPN’s proposed trade

Richard Sherman is available on the trade market. (Getty Images)

The Seahawks are openly exploring trade options to deal three-time all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman, and one ESPN analyst believes the Dolphins would be a good fit.

In his assessment of the best reasonable deal each team could make with its first-round pick in next week’s NFL Draft, Bill Barnwell suggested Miami make a move for Sherman. The deal would require the Dolphins sending cornerback Byron Maxwell (a former Seahawk), the No. 22 pick this year and a 2018 fourth rounder.

“The Dolphins aren’t exactly shy about going after players they value, and they would be getting a massive upgrade at arguably the weakest position on their roster by trading for a future Hall of Fame cornerback in Sherman,” he wrote. “Miami doesn’t have a ton of cap room, but by packaging Maxwell and saving $3.5 million as part of the trade, the Dolphins should be able to squeeze the Stanford product onto their roster.

Sherman is under contract for a salary cap hit of $26.8 million over the next two seasons.

Three concerns about that potential trade:

1. The Dolphins need help at corner, but it’s far from the weakest position on their team when considering they don’t have a third starting linebacker in place, they lost safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, they need a guard and another defensive end.

2. While Sherman is better than Maxwell, he’s not better enough for Miami to give up a first-round pick.

3. The Dolphins need that pick for themselves. They must acquire a starting-caliber defensive player with this year’s first-round pick, especially considering how depleted their overall stock of selections is.

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