The Detroit Lions have finally gotten on the board on Wednesday, signing former Seahawks defensive back DeShawn Shead. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first on the story and has the contract terms:
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
Shead was released by Seattle on Monday after a bizarre set of circumstances resulted in the team honoring their word to allow him to hit free agency. Shead reportedly visited the Lions on Tuesday and was supposed to meet with the 49ers on Wednesday. It’s unclear whether Shead ever made it to that second meeting.
Shead is a multi-faceted player in the secondary, with experience both at safety and cornerback. Considering the Lions re-signed Nevin Lawson and Tavon Wilson earlier in the week, Shead will come in and compete for depth and possibly some playing time as the No. 2 cornerback. Last year, Lawson split time there with DJ Hayden, but Hayden signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars this week.