"It's going to be all laid out, and like I said, that doesn't happen everywhere", Schneider said.
Sherman shouted at defensive coordinator Kris Richard after a coverage foul-up during an October win over Atlanta.
"This isn't a secret like it just came out of nowhere", Schneider said.
The Patriots now are not in "full pursuit" of Sherman, but their level of interest would increase considerably if they are unable to retain restricted free agent Malcolm Butler, per Howe's source. They could trade him now for draft picks, then work out a deal to have Sherman replace him in the secondary.
"Richard went through a lot previous year", Carroll said at the owners meetings in Phoenix, "and most of it self-inflicted". Carroll said the team always entertains calls about players, but didn't anticipate anything happening with Sherman.
It'll be a new obstacle for the Seahawks as well if they lose Sherman on defense.
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With Pete Carroll at head coach, Seattle players are encouraged to be themselves and show their personality, whatever that may mean. People find things out and we're not going to lie to each other and we're not going to BS each other.
It was revealed after the 2016 season that Sherman played the second half of the year with an MCL injury in his knee, but it was never listed on the weekly injury report. It goes through player development, it goes through our sports science group. He's going to be like, 'You think you can trade me? If he signs an offer sheet with another team, the Patriots can either match it or let him walk and receive a first-round draft pick as compensation. It's a decision that could come back to bite them in the end. While Sherman isn't really super old (he's 29 years old), there are some things that must be thought through.
In his current contract, Sherman has two years remaining.
But in 2018 he'll be entering the final year of his deal. If no team wants him, they get a Pro Bowl cornerback to pair with Gilmore at around $3.9 million for the 2017 season. The Chiefs have just a few million in cap space and it would be hard to get another $10 million.
"I wouldn't want to leave this city and my guys, but I understand it's a business and organizational philosophies change", he said in a statement.
Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM.