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SEATTLE (AP/105.3 The Fan) – Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider acknowledged the team has listened to trade offers regarding cornerback Richard Sherman, but downplayed that a deal may actually happen.

Schneider made his comments in an interview with KIRO-AM on Wednesday. Schneider said, “What you’ve seen lately in the news is real. That’s on both sides,” in regard to recent rumblings that teams have inquired about Sherman.

While open with the discussions that have taken place, Schneider was quick to give the impression that a deal was unlikely to happen.

He said there has been clear communication with Sherman about what is going on. He says the trade rumors haven’t been a secret and “people find things out and we’re not going to lie to each other.”

So what teams could be interested in a trade for the outspoken Stanford graduate? The Dallas Cowboys certainly have a need at cornerback after Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne departed in free agency. The club added veteran Nolan Carroll to go along with Anthony Brown, Orlando Scandrick and Leon McFadden at the position but could always use a shutdown defender in their secondary.

“The Cowboys should absolutely be involved in those talks,” 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher said on the GBag Nation.

The biggest question is can Dallas afford the 28-year-old? Well, after a certain quarterback was released and designated as a post-June 1 cut yesterday … they now can.

Dallas will save $14 million on June 2 thanks to Romo’s announcement that he’s headed to CBS to be a part of their NFL broadcasts. Conveniently, Richard Sherman’s cap hit is just over $13 million in 2017.

So what will Sherman cost? Fisher speculates that Seattle would pick up the phone if Dallas were to offer a second and a fourth round pick.

Sherman, a 2011 fifth-round pick, is signed through 2018 at around $11 million in each of the next two seasons. However, the team that trades for him absorbs over $26 million in cap hits.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)