Recent free agent signings further reveal just how much cornerback depth Seattle had in 2013.
While all the post-Super Bowl focus was on Seattle’s final play call as a deciding factor in the game, what really caught up to the Seahawks was the difference in their depth from 2013 to 2014.
When Jeremy Lane got hurt early in the game, the ripple effect was Tharold Simon, in his first year of playing after sitting out in 2013, forced into some tough matchups of which the Patriots took full advantage.
Also wearing down throughout the game was Seattle’s pass rush, with guys like Demarcus Dobbs and Landon Cohen —- who hadn’t been members of the team a few months earlier — forced into major roles.
Each was in contrast to the previous year’s Super Bowl when Seattle’s waves of depth up front dominated the Broncos from the start of the game, and when the Seahawks were able to get a big game from Byron Maxwell in what was only the eighth start of his career.
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Another sign of the depth Seattle had in 2013 — the kind that may be hard for the Seahawks to match any time soon — came today when two players the Seaahwks had for a time that season, and then released, each signed contracts worth a combined $45 million.
Ron Parker, a cornerback who played in a combined four games in 2011 and 2012 for the Seahawks before being released in the final cutdown to 53 in Aug., 2013, signed a five-year deal with the Chiefs today worth $30 million.
Cornerback Perrish Cox, who Seattle picked up late in the season when he was cut by the 49ers and played in two games before being released when Walter Thurmond came back from his suspension, signed a three-year contract with the Titans worth $15 million.
They join three other cornerbacks who were on the Seattle roster in 2013 who have also signed new deals during this free agency period — Maxwell (six years, $63 million with Eagles), Thurmond (one year, $3.25 million with Eagles), and Brandon Browner (three years, $15 million Saints).
So that’s five cornerbacks who were on Seattle’s roster in 2013 who have signed free agent contracts elsewhere in the last week worth a combined $126.25 million.
Another cornerback who was on the Seattle roster in 2013 — Will Blackmon — has returned to the Seahawks, signing a one-year deal worth $950,000.
Other cornerbacks on the Seattle roster during training camp were Richard Sherman, Simon, Lane, DeShawn Shead and Antione Winfield. And though he was hurt in 2013, also on the Seattle roster that year was Chandler Fenner, who just signed a tender with the Giants worth $510,000.
So, that’s 11 cornerbacks Seattle had on the roster in 2013 who remain on active rosters now, as well as Winfield, a 14-year veteran who retired shortly before the season began.
That may not happen again anytime soon.