Shead suffered an ACL and meniscus tear in the postseason, which probably explains why he wasn’t tendered an offer by the Seahawks as a restricted free agent. After surveying other options on the open market, Seattle has circled back to the 28-year-old (29 this summer). The lowest tender would have paid him $1.797MM, so he didn’t lose out on a ton of money.
A 15-game starter last season, Shead offers the ability to play outside, inside, or at safety. In his 1,000+ defensive snaps, Shead graded as the league’s No. 38 corner, according to the advanced metrics at Pro Football Focus.
Before re-signing with the Seahawks, Shead drew interest from several teams, including the Bills. Dallas Robinson did not place Shead on his most recent list of the league’s top free agent cornerbacks due to uncertainty about his health. If he comes back 100%, however, this should prove to be a great value for Seattle.
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