7. Richard Sherman
A key member of the Seattle Seahawks’ Legion of Boom, Sherman was a brilliant corner. The Super Bowl champion enjoyed seven iconic seasons with the franchise before they released him. In the end, it came down to the salary cap as it often does. The Seahawks wanted to keep him but they didn’t want to match his previous earnings. So they let him go to restructure their roster.
The combination of an Achilles injury and his age scared Seattle off. They told him to take a pay cut or they’d let him go (Seattle Times). Finally, he joined San Francisco where he made a notable impact. He even made a second Super Bowl appearance in 2019. There were rumors that Sherman would return to the Seahawks but they never materialized.