BY SPNW Staff 08:52AM 03/17/2017

Seahawks re-up Shead, Willson; Lynch to Raiders?

The Seahawks Friday re-signed unrestricted free agents CB DeShawn Shead and TE Luke Willson, Also, ESPN reported that the Raiders are interested in getting Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

TE Luke Willson celebrates with QB Russell Wilson after they collaborated on a touchdown pass against the Carolina Panthers. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The Seahawks Friday reached agreements to re-sign two of their own unrestricted free agents, CB DeShawn Shead and TE Luke Willson. Seattle will bring both back on one-year deals with, Willson set to earn a reported a $3 million. Shead will make $1.5 million with $1 million guaranteed at signing.

Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting, via sources, that the Oakland Raiders are interested in talking RB Marshawn Lynch, 31 next month, out of retirement. His rights are still held by the Seahawks.

Lynch, who retired after the 2015 season, is an Oakland native with great affection for the hometown. He has two years remaining on his Seattle contract, under which he would earn $9 million in 2017 and $7 million, plus incentives, in 2018. Seattle could release Lynch from the contract or negotiate a trade, but likely would get only a low-round draft choice.

Lynch came to the Seahawks early in the 2010 season via a trade with Buffalo. During his time in Seattle, Lynch ran for 5,774 yards and 51 touchdowns, most in the NFL during his tenure with the team.

Despite ESPN’s report, there is no evidence the Seahawks and Raiders have discussed Lynch, who operates a “Beast Mode” apparel store in Oakland. Seattle GM John Schneider and his Oakland counterpart, Reggie McKenzie, have a long-standing relationship and once worked together in the Green Bay Packers front office.

Pro Football Talk, also citing sources, said, “There is a very good chance Lynch, who turnes 31 next month, un-retires.”

Shead, who visited the Buffalo Bills earlier this week, had an ACL injury during the divisional playoff loss to Atlanta. He is unlikely to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Shead started 15 games last season, recorded 56 tackles and had one interception.

Willson, who became an unrestricted free agent when his rookie contract expired, played in 11 games last year, making six starts. He caught 15 passes for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns.

The Seahawks had a visit from free agent TE Jared Cook earlier this week, but he left Seattle without a deal.

Shead and Willson are the second and third of Seattle’s unrestricted free agents to return to the team. Seattle re-signed CB Neiko Thorpe earlier this week on a two-year deal.

The Seahawks also lost an unrestricted free agent Friday when DT John Jenkins signed with the Chicago Bears.


Unrestricted free agents signed

Date Player Pos. ’16 Team New Deal
Mar 9 Luke Joeckel OL Jaguars 1 year, $8M, $7M guaranteed
Mar 14 Eddie Lacy RB Packers 1 year, $4.25M, $2.86M guaranteed
Mar 17 Arthur Brown LB Jets No contract details available yet
Mar 17 Oday Aboshhi OG Texans No contract details available yet

Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 14 Neiko Thorpe CB 675K 2 years, $3.5M, $600K bonus
Mar 17 DeShawn Shead CB $1.5M 1 year, $1M guaranteed
Mar 17 Luke Willson TE $3M 1 year, up to $3 million

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos. ’17 AAV New Deal
Mar 9 Stephen Hauschka PK $2.95M 3 years, $4M guaranteed
Mar 10 Brock Coyle LB NA 1 year, $775K base salary
Mar 17 John Jenkins DT NA Contract details not yet available

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’16 AAV 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Bradley Sowell T 1.0M Signed last year, flopped
—– Michael Morgan LB 1.0M Started 6 games, 10 tackles, 1 INT
—– Tony McDaniel DT 985K Started 10 games, 41 tackles
—– Marcel Reese FB 885K Played in 4 late-season games
—– Will Tukuafu FB 760K Played in 7 games, made 1 start
—– Jeron Johnson SS 760K Played in 3 games, 3 tackles
—– Kelcie McCray SS 717K Started 7 games, 37 tackles
—– Brandon Williams TE 675K Played in 16 games, 1 start
—– John Jenkins DT 675K Played in 2 games, 3 tackles
—– Steven Terrell CB 600K Non-tendered as a RFA
—– M. Seisay DB 525K Made 6 starts, caught 2 TDs
—– Devin Hester WR —- Announced retirement

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’16 AAV New Deal
Mar 9 Garry Gilliam T 1.79M Tendered at $1.797M


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