The Seahawks have reportedly reached an agreement to keep cornerback Jeremy Lane, who became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.
After losing a couple of players earlier in the day, the Seahawks stemmed the tide by re-signing cornerback Jeremy Lane, who agreed to a four-year contract. NFL.com first reported the news, which was later confirmed by the team. It was reported that Lane’s contract is worth up to $23 million with $11 million guaranteed.
Lane, a sixth-round pick in 2012, emerged as a regular in Seattle’s cornerback rotation the second half of the 2015 season after recovering from a torn knee ligament and broken wrist suffered in the Super Bowl against New England.
Lane has started six games overall in his four-year career and figures to compete with DeShawn Shead, Marcus Burley, Tharold Simon and others for the starting right cornerback spot opposite Richard Sherman, as well as for the nickelback role.
Lane had two interceptions in six regular season games in 2015, the first two of his career.
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Lane’s apparent agreement wraps up the status of Seattle’s four defensive starters who were free agents this year. The Seahawks earlier reached an agreement to keep DT Athyba Rubin while they lost linebacker Bruce Irvin and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane.
The re-signing of Lane assures that nine of what were Seattle’s 11 listed defensive starters at the end of the 2015 season — when the Seahawks led the league in fewest points allowed for a fourth straight season — will return in 2016. Ten of 11 of Seattle’s listed backups are also under contract.
The moves made by the Seahawks the last few days mean every cornerback who ended the season on the team’s roster is set to return in 2016. That includes Sherman, Lane, Burley and Shead as well as Tharold Simon, Mohammed Seisay and Tye Smith. Seattle also has signed Stanley Jean-Baptiste, a second-round pick of the Saints in 2014, setting up what looks like a pretty fierce competition for the final one or two spots in the secondary.
Seattle typically keeps five cornerbacks on its 53-man roster and Sherman and Lane are givens and Shead and Burley would appear to have the upper hand on two spots, as well.
It also means that what would be considered as Seattle’s starting secondary — Lane, Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — is under contract through the 2017 season.
Shortly after the signing was announced Lane tweeted or re-tweeted a couple of things appearing to confirm he is staying in Seattle: