The Seattle Seahawks have told cornerback Richard Sherman that they will release him Friday, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The move had been rumored for a few days, with the NFL Network reporting Wednesday that the team was attempting to trade Sherman before reporting the same day that a release was more likely.
Cutting the star cornerback now gives Sherman time to find a new team since he doesn't have to wait for free agency to begin on March 14 before signing a contract.
Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, is currently recovering from surgeries on both of his Achilles tendons.
During his seven seasons with the Seahawks, Sherman made four Pro Bowls and was picked first-team All-Pro three times. He helped the team to two Super Bowls, including a championship after winning Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 NFL season.
Seattle is guaranteed to have a new defensive look this upcoming season. Earlier this week the Seahawks traded defensive lineman Michael Bennett to the Philadelphia Eagles.