Veteran makes full recovery from torn ACL a year ago, now scheduled to be a free agent in March
Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead has finished his three weeks of practice since returning from the physically unable to perform list without setback, so Saturday Shead announced he is cleared to play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
— DeShawn Shead (@dshead24) December 23, 2017
That gives the Seahawks a total of seven cornerbacks, including Shaquill Griffin, Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Justin Coleman, Neiko Thorpe and Mike Tyson (who was added to the big league club earlier in December), but obviously not including Richard Sherman who is on injured reserve. Shead started opposite Sherman most of 2016, but it’s not clear if he will jump back into a starting role or ease into more snaps during these final two weeks of the regular season. Shead has not played since tearing his ACL in Seattle’s playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons 11 months ago.
Despite that injury, the Seahawks signed the free agent Shead to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million in the offseason, counting him among their long term assets since developing Shead from an undrafted free agent in 2012.
@Jason_OTC Is DeShawn Shead’s contract going to toll or do the Seahawks get him next year?
— Cam (@Camorooni) December 23, 2017
I saw some questions online asking if retaining Shead on the PUP could roll his contract and club control over another year, but it appears (nod to John P. Gilbert for the CBA consultation) that was never an option. Section 2 of Article 20 in the collective bargaining agreement states a players contract will not be tolled for the period on PUP, “except in the last year of his contract.” So Shead would be headed to free agency whether he got to join the 53-man roster or not.
Considering all that, we can be unequivocally happy for Shead for making it all the way back, and hope he plays well enough to contribute and improve the Seattle secondary in these remaining weeks.