It’s a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, tweets Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. In a separate tweet, Condotta notes that Shead visited with the team on Friday and had a workout earlier today, and that the plan is to play him at safety. Shead originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Portland State in 2012, and he turned into quite the diamond in the rough for Seattle.
After playing sparingly his first couple of years in the league, Shead became a big part of the defense at cornerback. Between 2015 and 2016 he started 21 games, racking up 129 tackles, two interceptions, and 22 passes defended. He was a full-time starter in 2016, but suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs.
That injury limited him to just two games in 2017, and he ended up signing a one-year, $3.5MM deal with the Lions last offseason. Snead was cut by Detroit right before the start of the season, but then re-signed a couple weeks later. He ended up appearing in 12 games, making one start. He had a quiet market this offseason, as the first we heard of him was when he worked out for the Saints a few days ago. Shead will have the chance to carve out a role as a safety, and if nothing else he’ll be a nice nostalgia piece for the fans, as he’ll be one of the only players still on the team from Seattle’s legendary ‘Legion of Boom’ defense.
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