After Jeremy Lane failed his physical with Houston the Seahawks had to throw in a higher draft pick to be able to acquire left tackle Duane Brown from Houston.
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane failed his physical with the Houston Texans Tuesday and will no longer be included in a trade for left tackle Duane Brown, sources confirmed to the Seattle Times.
Instead, the Seahawks will now send a 2018 third-round pick to Houston as well as a 2019 second-rounder to make the trade work while also getting back a 2018 fifth-round pick (Seattle had initially agreed to send a 2018 fifth-round pick to Houston along with the 2019 second-rounder and Lane).
Essentially, Seattle is upgrading the 2018 pick it is sending to Houston from a fifth to a third instead of giving Lane to the Texans, while also getting a fifth-rounder back, with the other parts of the trade remaining the same.
That, though, creates the oddity of Lane remaining with Seattle after having been traded and the Seahawks also having to create room on the roster for Brown — with Lane returning the Seahawks now have 54 players on their active roster (the limit is 53). Seattle will have to make a roster move of some sort before practice begins on Wednesday.
While the trade was listed on the official NFL transactions Tuesday, the teams involved were holding off making an official announcement until physicals were completed, and the reason for that became clear with the news involving Lane (Brown was expected to take his physical late Tuesday afternoon).
Lane played only six snaps in Sunday’s win over Houston, all in the first quarter, with Seattle coach Pete Carroll on Monday saying of Lane that “he got banged on his thigh, got a little thigh bruise.”
Lane, a sixth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2012, had also been dealing with a groin injury that held him out of Seattle’s previous two games, as well as a finger issue that had him officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
“He jammed the end of two fingers pretty violently (in practice on Wednesday), and he got banged up pretty good there for an unusual play, so we’ll see what happens,” Carroll said on Friday of Lane.
Seattle had included Lane in the deal, which was originally agreed to Monday afternoon, in large part to make it work from a salary cap standpoint — he is due $2.1 million the rest of this season in base salary, which is guaranteed.
It had been revealed earlier Tuesday that quarterback Russell Wilson had reworked his contract to convert $6.26 million of salary — which was the remainder of what he was due for 2017 — to bonus, prorating it over the remaining three years of his contract, to create $4.1 million in salary cap room for this season.
That, plus dealing Lane, allowed Seattle to fit the remaining $4.9 million that Brown is due this season under its cap — Seattle had just $1.4 million in cap room before making the deal for Brown on Monday.
Lane, Seattle general manager John Schneider said on Monday, “had to be part of the deal” to make it work.
The Seahawks were thought to have about $2.6 million in cap space remaining after the Wilson restructure. With Lane back, that number appears to dip to about $600,000.
That appears to mean Seattle will need to do a little more finagling to make all the parts work — since Lane’s salary is guaranteed cutting him wouldn’t help.
But it’s not that’s an option as the expectation is that Lane will remain with the Seahawks as they would likely have signed another cornerback soon, anyway, to take his place.
That means the team will figure out another way to clear out some cap space, possibly asking another veteran to do a restructure similar to that of Wilson. And that’s something the Seahawks appear likely to do since since teams need some room this of year to account for events that may happen down the road.
The amended trade, though, means the Seahawks will not have either a second- or third-round pick in the 2018 draft, the second-rounder having been sent to the Jets in September as part of the Sheldon Richardson trade. Seattle also is not expected to get any compensatory picks in 2018, so Seattle may have just one pick before the fourth round in 2018.
The Seahawks at the moment appear to have their first- and fourth-round picks as well as three in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Seattle also has 11 offensive linemen on its roster with the addition of Brown, so that’s one area where the Seahawks could clear out a player to get down to 53.