"Asked at the National Football League scouting combine about the possibility of Shead playing safety in 2018, Carroll talked about Shead like a player who was in their plans going forward, so Monday's move shouldn't be viewed as a sign the Seahawks have moved on from the versatile defensive back". So if his contract were to toll, he'd be signed for 2018 at the same amount.
Seattle has reached an agreement on a three-year contract extension with Bradley McDougald. Shead is expected to visit Detroit later this week but he could also re-sign with the Seahawks at any time now that he has been released.
Another day, another Seahawks is player out the door. John had already informed DeShawn that his contract was expiring after this year, and the Seattle Seahawks are just living up to their word.
The Seahawks signed McDougald to a one-year, $1.8 million deal in free agency last offseason, adding depth and experience at safety while providing Seattle with the ability to use a third safety (instead of a third cornerback) in some big nickel packages.
McDougald played sparingly in that role during the first half of the season, but he ended up making 75 tackles over nine starts - two in place of Earl Thomas at free safety and then the final seven at strong safety after Kam Chancellor suffered a season-ending neck injury. We know he can play corner, and we like the way he plays at corner, but everything is open.
"He's such a versatile player, he's played both for us", coach Pete Carroll said last week at the scouting combine. "I have not talked directly to him about that, but we have mentioned it to him".