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Richard Sherman says he expects to be back with the Seahawks in 2018, as Brady Henderson of ESPN.com writes. The cornerback also revealed that he has been acting as his own agent for at least a year, which is a gutsy move since he is at a pivotal point in his career.

I’m sure we’ll have some communication,” Sherman said in reference to him and the Seahawks. “I’m representing myself. The whole agent thing is really overrated at this point. So any conversations we have, we’ll do that, but the cap situation is already kind of weird, so we’ll see what happens.”

Left tackle Russell Okung opted to work without an agent when his Seahawks contract expired in 2016, which yielded mixed results. In that offseason, he signed a free agent deal with the Broncos that effectively gave him one-year, $5MM deal with no guarantees at the time of signing plus a team option to trigger a four-year, $48MM deal with $20.5MM guaranteed afterwards. It’s unlikely that an agent would have advised him to take that risk and the gamble backfired when he turned in a so-so season. After the Broncos cut him, however, he inked a four-year, $53MM deal with the Chargers, including $25MM in effective guarantees.

Even without officially employing an agent, Okung leaned on former agent Jimmy Halsell as an advisor. If Sherman is asked to take a pay cut or is ultimately released, he would be wise to consult with a professional rather than forging out on his own.

Sherman is coming off of Achilles surgery and entering the final year of his deal. His $11MM base salary for 2018 is non-guaranteed, so the Seahawks are expected to consider moving on from their longtime star. It may be hard to picture Sherman in a uniform other that Seattle’s, but before last year’s draft, the Seahawks explored trades for Sherman and even dropped their asking price to a 2017 first-round pick plus a conditional mid-round choice in 2018.

For his part, Sherman says he isn’t worried about the prospect of parting ways with the only franchise he’s ever known.

Not in my mind,” he said. “We’re going to try to get everything back on track, get healthy and try to get back after it. Hopefully everybody heals up the way they’re supposed to. I hope Kam [Chancellor] can play and it works out however it needs to for him. But obviously, [the roster is] going to look different either way.”

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This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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