BY Art Thiel 06:59PM 03/09/2016

Update: Lane gets $23M to stay with Seahawks

CB Jeremy Lane gets $23 million, $11 million guaranteed, over four years to stay with Seahawks. Ahtyba Rubin in staying, but Bruce Irvin, Brandon Mebane and J.R. Sweezy moved on.

Jeremy Lane is returning to the Seahawks. / Flickr

The latest Seahawks news on a busy first day of NFL free agency Wednesday was that CB Jeremy Lane was staying put in Seattle with a four-year deal, per NFL.com. Another starter on defense, DT Ahtyba Rubin, earlier in the day also agreed to remain. But the other two free-agent starters on defense, LB Bruce Irvin and DT Brandon Mebane, moved on, as did OG J.R. Sweezy.

Upon his return from simultaneous injuries in the Super Bowl (broken wrist, torn knee ligament), Lane moved from slot cornerback to the boundary spot opposite Richard Sherman, solving a problem after free-agent acquisition Cary Williams didn’t work out and was cut.

A sixth-round pick in 2012 who has started six career games, Lane received a deal worth $23 million, $11 million guaranteed, NFL.com reported Thursday morning.

Lane will have competition for the job among returnees DeShawn Shead, Marcus Burley and Tharold Simon — one of whom is likely to be the slot corner –  along with Mohammed Seisay and Tye Smith. But Lane is the front-runner based on skills, athletic talent and, now, contract.

Lane on his Twitter account, responding to a tweet from teammate Earl Thomas, implied that he was staying with the Legion of Boom:

 

 

The Seahawks have led the NFL for four consecutive years in fewest points allowed, so coach Pete Carroll wanted to keep the band together as much as the salary cap would allow. Losing Irvin to the Oakland Raiders was a blow, but little surprise. And with the signing of Rubin, the chance that the Seahawks would also pay to keep Mebane grew small.

Carroll will have nine starters back, unless something changes regarding two players previously unhappy with their contracts, SS Kam Chancellor and DE Michael Bennett.

Up front, Jordan Hill is the likely replacement for Mebane up front. There’s less certainty for replacing Irvin, who played a hybrid position. Kevin Pierre-Louis and Cassius Marsh are in-house possibilities, but haven’t shown a lot yet.

The remaining free agent the Seahawks would most like to keep is LT Russell Okung, who figures to be a popular talent, despite his injury history, because the pool for the important position is shallow. The Seahawks earlier in the day lost Sweezy in free agency, and don’t want to lose a second O-lineman.

WR Jermaine Kearse is the other remaining starter on the market, along with P Jon Ryan.

 


YourThoughts

  • 1coolguy

    Surprised Irvin’s contract wasn’t in the same area of the Hawks offer. Last 2 years are not guaranteed, so years 1 and 2 are in the ball park. Pete must think he has a much less expensive alternative that is somewhat close in talent.

    • art thiel

      The Raiders offer was significantly better. What do you mean?

  • jafabian

    If they can bring back Shead as well the LOB will be set for next season. Be interesting to see what they do with Kam. Everyone knows he wants a better contract but the fact that he’s been exploring setting up a gym here makes me think he must want to set roots here.

    • art thiel

      Shead has been tendered. He’ll be back. And I wouldn’t predict anything regarding Kam’s future after the debacle last year.

  • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

    He showed so much grit when he first came back in the Pittsburgh game.
    He helped solve the year long dilemma that Cary Williams was helping
    create and he knows the Hawk system inside out. And they still got him
    cheaper than the Williams contract was drawing. Great move to retain
    Lane.

    • art thiel

      They solved the biggest shortcoming on D. Need to develop a nickel corner.

  • Sonics79

    Well, you said it was a top priority to keep Lane. This is good news.
    How come nobody is talking about Frank Clark sliding into Irvin’s role? Didn’t Irvin start out as a pass-rushing end before he was converted to LB.

    • James Jackson

      I’ve heard it mentioned as a possibility but only time will tell. I think everyone’s too occupied by all the offseason happenings to talk about lineups with all the moves yet to be made.

    • SeaRaays

      Well Irvin was a speed rusher at the end that showed he is a very capable LB. Clark can play DT on the 3rd downs ..not as much of the speed of Irvin but a good end on 1 and 2 downs in running situations and the middle for passing.

    • art thiel

      I think Clark is in the mix, but he’s bigger than Irvin and unlikely to drop back.