The Seahawks’ modest unrestricted free agent crop has dwindled further. The team reportedly re-signing TE Luke Willson and CB Deshawn Shead. The deal was reported first by 710 ESPN’s Danny O’Neil.
#Seahawks have reached agreements to re-sign Deshawn Shead AND Luke Willson.
— Danny O'Neil (@dannyoneil) March 17, 2017
Deshawn Shead was a free agent after not being tendered. Shead is currently recovering from a ‘significant’ knee injury he suffered in the Divisional Round loss to Atlanta. He was reportedly on a visit to Buffalo earlier in the week. But now finds he way back to Seattle on a one-year deal.
Shead was an unrestricted free agent as a rookie from Portland State. Early opportunities came on special teams and inside at safety. It was a move to the ‘side opposite Sherman’ ahead of last year which saw Shead’s play really emerge. He was a consistent performer and able to equally close down his receiver. Just without the headlines of his team mate Richard Sherman. The length of the deal likely sees him on the market again next year but keeping him in the building now is a massive boost at this stage of the off-season.
As for Luke Willson, it’s a surprising re-sign. A 5th round pick in 2013, Willson has been a solid and consistent contributor. Just short of 1,000 career receiving yards he has been involved a few bright spots for the team. None moreso than his ‘hail mary’ 2-point conversion in the Championship game against Green Bay two years ago.
He made noises of looking to move on and not getting the deal he wanted from the team during mid-season talks. But with a well-stocked crop of Tight End’s in the draft his market hasn’t been kind to Willson’s aspirations. But back in Seattle with possible changes coming to Jimmy Graham’s usage, Willson could cash in a year on and emerge in a thinner crop.
Both are great deals for the Seahawks to get over the line and really open up, again, the draft. The offense is boosted by the Willson continuity and the secondary helped with Shead’s continued presence also.
The Seahawks keep their top two free agents. That is not to be forgotten ahead of the 2017 season.