Cold water has already been thrown on the Richard Sherman-to-the-Patriots trade rumors (see above video), so talk of Sherman heading to Foxboro has quieted to a whisper.
But on Thursday night, Seahawks GM John Schneider may have silenced them completely when, after being asked if the team would trade Sherman, told Seattle's ESPN radio station: "Right now, I don't think the odds are very good."
Schneider also said "the only reasons we would do it is to create some cap room and trying to become a younger football team." That being the case, the Patriots become even less of an option as they have very few draft picks, and no high ones, to offer.
So much for Marshawn Lynch coming to Foxboro.
Lynch and the Oakland Raiders have agreed to terms to a new contract, NFL Network's Mike Silver and Mike Garafolo reported Friday. The Seattle Seahawks still hold the rights to the running back, so a trade needs to be worked out for Lynch, who is from Oakland and starred in college at Cal in nearby Berkeley.
The Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported earlier this week that Lynch, 30, had expressed an interest in joining the Patriots.
Lynch last played in the NFL in the 2015 season with the Seahawks, but injuries limited him to seven games.
He has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns and caught 252 passes for 1,979 yards and 10 TDs in nine seasons with the Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.
On Monday morning's Toucher & Rich show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe said there's a chance Marshawn Lynch could wind up with the Patriots, but believes it's 'a long shot.'