The Seahawks indicated a desire to keep cornerback Deshawn Shead when they cut him this week. But Shead isn’t sitting around waiting.
Per multiple reports, quarterback Kirk Cousins will sign a three-year, $84 million deal with the Vikings. That’s an average of $28 million per year, $500,000 per year more than Jimmy Garoppolo will earn per year.
And while some may say Cousins should have opted for another year or two of security, it would have been a mirage if it weren’t fully guaranteed. Most teams insist on a couple of non-guaranteed back-end years that inevitable fail to reflect fair value. Cousins avoided giving the Vikings the ability to squat on him at a lower number.
As to the possibility that Cousins won’t be attractive in three years based on his performance over the next three, a couple of non-guaranteed years wouldn’t have mattered, because the Vikings would have cut him.
Shead’s contract tolled into 2018, or rolled over for another season under the same terms, after he ed 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 er in allowing him to test the market.
Shead, 28, ed 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.
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Professors were, uh, grading on a curve.
“I’m 18, 19. I would literally walk into the store for a sandwich and a bag of chips, and I’d put my money out to pay for it, and I didn’t have to pay for it,” he says. “I had all these things given to me. And I had teachers, they’d give me things if I signed an autograph, signed a football. I didn’t know how to handle this, man. I was a rock star. I was the president of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
He in 10 games last year, with his season cut short by a shoulder injury which required surgery.Dion Lewis expected to sign with Titans
It looks like Malcolm Butler won’t be the only er leaving New England for Nashville in 2018.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that running back Dion Lewis will join Butler in making the move to the Titans when free agency opens on Wednesday. It’s reportedly a four-year deal.
Lewis, who was No. 32 on our list of the top free agents, saw the biggest workload of his professional career in 2017 and he made the most of the chance. He ran 180 times for 896 yards and six touchdowns while also catching 32 passes out of the backfield for the Patriots.