Jeremy Lane’s time in Seattle may soon be coming to an end.
The Seahawks cornerback complained last week about being benched, which happened in spite of the fact that he hadn’t even played for three weeks due to a groin injury. It was in that time that head coach Pete Carroll clearly saw enough from rookie Shaquill Griffin and the young Justin Coleman to decide he didn’t need to place Lane back in the starting lineup once he was healthy.
How I get bench on a day off !!— jeremy lane (@StayingInMyLane) October 24, 2017
Griffin started outside on Sunday in Seattle’s 41-38 win over the Texans, playing in all 71 defensive snaps. Coleman started in the slot and played in 44 snaps. Lane played in just six defensive snaps, perhaps none of which came after his 22-yard pass interference call in the middle of the first quarter.
The Seahawks could shop Lane on the trade market prior to Tuesday’s deadline, but I don’t see why they’d find a suitor. I think fans of Lane’s play have way overhyped him and continued to ignore the fact that he barely played over his first four seasons in the NFL, mainly getting paid for his continued potential rather than anything he’s ever proven on the field. In fact, once he did get a chance to prove it - only after signing his four-year, $23 million contract - he was mediocre in the slot. He’s now been benched from an outside spot and the team already knows he’s not a nickel.
I don’t see a team trading for that, especially since we know that Carroll is not shy about cutting players midseason even if it doesn’t save the team money. With Byron Maxwell currently a free agent, would that make it even more likely for Seattle to make a change? Potentially.
But I don’t think we’ll be seeing Lane back on the defense for anything other than injury or dime formation reasons any time soon. The only thing unfortunate about this change is that it came later than it should have.