Friday the Seattle Seahawks released cornerback Richard Sherman, and by Saturday evening Sherman had agreed to terms with the rival San Francisco 49ers. Monday the Hawks released cornerback Deshawn Shead, hoping to potentially bring him back on a reasonable contract. Unfortunately, just two days after his release, that is no longer an option.
Former #Seahawks CB DeShawn Shead just signed with the Detroit Lions. He gets a one year worth $3.5M deal. That can grow to $6.5M with playtime incentives, per source.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
The contract Shead signed with the Detroit Lions should pay him more than he has made in his entire career with the Seahawks, as it is significantly more money than he has made in any season with Seattle.
According to the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta, Shead’s agent reached out to Seahawks general manager John Schneider for the chance to match Detroit’s offer, but Schneider apparently said the deal was too good for Seattle to meet, and that Shead should sign with Detroit.
Shead tore his ACL in the Seahawks’ 36-20 playoff loss against the Atlanta Falcons in January 2017, and didn’t return to the field until the penultimate weekend of last season. The undrafted free agent out of Portland State had been with the Seahawks since 2012, and was pressed into starting cornerback duties towards the second-half of the 2015 season after Seattle released Cary Williams.
Wishing the best of luck and good health to Shead in Detroit next season, except for whatever week of the season the Seahawks and Lions play next year. Well, I wish him good health the entire season, but I hope his team gets destroyed when the Seahawks come to town.