DeShawn Shead visiting Lions, then 49ers

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The Seahawks indicated a desire to keep cornerback Deshawn Shead when they cut him this week. But Shead isn’t sitting around waiting.

Shead is visiting the Lions today and will meet with the 49ers on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Shead’s contract tolled into 2018, or rolled over for another season under the same terms, after he played only two games in 2017 in his return from a torn ACL. But Seattle General Manager John Schneider already had assured Shead he would become a free agent, so the Seahawks did right by the player in allowing him to test the market.

Shead, 28, played all five positions in the Seattle secondary after the team signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He made 22 starts in six seasons, with 15 of those coming in 2016.

8 responses to “DeShawn Shead visiting Lions, then 49ers

  1. Another tall Seattle CB from California. Let’s see if he ends up joining Sherman – I bet he does.

  2. Might do as a nickel, certainly won’t start once the Niners grab Denzel Ward. Dickie Sherman probably putting a good word in for this guy with Shanahan/Lynch

  3. He was I drafted and given an opportunity to develop and shine by the Seahawks. Then allowed to test free agency as agreed too by JS even though the contract tolled this past year. If Shead doesn’t give Seahawks a chance to match any offer he may get, I will be very disappointed in him. In that case, I would argue that down the road, others won’t be treated similarly.

  4. #1 thing the lions have to do tomorrow is not let shead leave the building without a contract. Maybe they sign Frank Gore or Carlos Hyde tomorrow too.

  5. omeimontis says:

    March 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    It is unlikely that Seattle will match any offer he gets. They did not match the offer Gary Gilliam got from the 49ers last season.
    Gary Gilliam was a worse blocker than Jimmy Graham and the dude played LT for the Seahawks. Obviously the hawks weren’t going to overpay for him. Shead is a swiss army knife DB. He can play outside/inside CB, and he can also play safety. The dude can just play defense. He’s more athletic than Sherman, but not as lengthy or doesn’t have as much experience (knowledge of how teams try to attack him).

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