Shead was brought in this offseason with a lot of hype surrounding him. Though he was just returning from a torn ACL at the end of the 2017 season, Shead played well with the Seahawks prior to the injury.
In Detroit, he offered a lot of versatility, being able to play as an outside corner, in the nickel or even as a safety. However, it never really turned out that way in his brief time in Detroit.
He entered training camp as the teams No. 2 cornerback, but that quickly gave way to Nevin Lawson as camp went on. Then Shead went missing for a week, presumably due to an injury. He reappeared in the preseason finale, and the Lions gave him plenty of reps to prove his worth, both as an outside corner and nickelback. However, the Lions must not have liked what they saw.
In addition to cutting Shead, the Lions are also moving on from cornerback Mike Ford.
Ford was one of the biggest names signed for the Lions 2018 UDFA class, but the road to a roster spot was always going to be a very long one. Boasting a great athletic profile and multiple teams trying to bring him to camp, Ford was set up to display his skills in a competitive position group, but wasn’t able to do enough to push someone else off the roster.
He is very likely headed to the practice squad to develop, the Lions having paid a sizable sum to secure his services as a UDFA.
This leaves the Lions with just five cornerbacks on the roster right now.