New England Patriots

Signs are pointing to Richard Sherman being on the way out of Seattle.

A flurry of reports and social media posts on Wednesday indicate that the Seahawks cornerback will either be traded or cut before the start of the league year on March 14. It started with Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, who tweeted that Sherman has said goodbye to teammates over the past 24 hours. But he added that no official decisions or moves have been made involving the three-time All-Pro.

In addition, the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero tweeted that Sherman will meet with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider later on Wednesday to discuss his future.

Richard Sherman reacts for the Seattle Seahawks after he intercepted a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman reacts for the Seattle Seahawks after he intercepted a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at Qwest Field on December 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

The strongest indications that Sherman’s departure from the Seahawks is imminent have come from teammates on social media. Cornerback Jeremy Lane tweeted: “That text message got my heart hurting … damn 25 [Sherman] was my Dawg #WhatsNext”.

And safety Kam Chancellor posted on Instagram to thank Sherman for granting him the nickname, “Chancellor of Operations”.

“Chancellor of Operations” Thanks for the name @rsherman25

A post shared by Kameron Chancellor (@bambamkam) on

However, a tweet from ESPN’s Josina Anderson indicated that Sherman denied the reports. “Haven’t been told anything,” he reportedly said.

In spite of that, Sherman’s mother Beverly posted to her Facebook page on Wednesday saying she’s “devastated to know” that Sherman will “no longer be a Seahawk.”

Sherman has been linked to the Patriots in recent years. And last week, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that a source says Sherman is still “receptive to the idea” of joining the Patriots via trade or free agency.

The 29-year-old Sherman is coming off Achilles surgery and due an $11 million base salary in 2018, so it will be tough for the Seahawks to be able to trade him. The likelihood is that he becomes a free agent by next Wednesday, March 14, and the potential is there for the Patriots to take a look.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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Sources:

— Salary information via Spotrac
— Stats via Pro Football Reference