San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman will make a highly-anticipated return to Seattle this Sunday, when he goes up against his former Seahawks coaches, teammates and fans.
Sherman, of course, is hyping up this match by throwing some shade at one of his former teammates. Ahead of Sunday's game, the Pro Bowl cornerback said that he doesn't talk to Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson anymore - even though they were together for six seasons and widely responsible for the franchise's resurgence.
"I don't really have a relationship with Russell," Sherman said, via Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. "We were teammates. We played through a very special time for the franchise."
Per Wagoner, one reporter brought up Wilson's ability about "making plays outside t he pocket." Sherman then fired back with a savage shot at Wilson, who's enjoying an MVP-caliber season in the Emerald City.
"Yeah, I've also seen him throw five picks in the game, so you see what he's capable of on both sides of it," Sherman said. "You understand that he can be defended, so you go out there and give it your best shot."
Sherman was referencing a Dec. 2016 road game against the Green Bay Packers, in which Wilson uncharacteristically through the five picks. The Seahawks would lost that game by 28 points, and Sherman clearly hasn't forgotten about it.
Per Wagoner, Wilson only had nice things to say about Sherman, saying that he's "a Hall of Fame corner."
What This Means
Sherman and Wilson were instrumental in turning the Seahawks around in the 2010s. The Seahawks won two NFC Championships and Super Bowl 48. They made the playoffs five teams and won three NFC West division titles.
But Sherman and other Seattle veterans were cut loose after this season, and they were quite critical about the coaching staff, Wilson and direction of the franchise. Sherman now has the chance to get revenge on his former team once and for all.