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As the 2017 season wore on Womens 12th Fan Jersey , one question fans and observers asked over and over was regarding the status of cornerback DeShawn Shead, who had opened the year on the Physically Unable to Perform..."As the 2017 season wore on, one question fans and observers asked over and over was regarding the status of cornerback DeShawn Shead, who had opened the year on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list while working his way back from a torn ACL suffered in final half of the final game of the 2016 season.The reasons fans were so interested in Shead’s status was due to the team’s loss of multiple defensive backs during the Week 10 game against the Arizona Cardinals, as both Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor went down with injuries. With the benefit of nearly eighteen months of hindsight, we now know that Week 10 would be the last time fans would see either Chancellor or Sherman in uniform for Seattle. Shead, obviously, represented a step down from either, but he started at corner across from Sherman for nearly the entire 2016 campaign and had served as Chancellor’s backup at strong safety earlier in his career. Fans knew, of course, that his performance would likely come up short of how he had played prior to suffering the ACL tear, but with the team’s season spiraling and desperate for help at the position, Shead represented a sort of hope that is rarely delivered late in a season. Unfortunately, that hope was never fulfilled. Shead played just 45 special teams snaps over the last two games of the 2017 season, and when Blair Walsh pushed a 48-yard, go ahead field goal wide right to end the Hawks season, it also ended Shead’s time in Seattle. However, Shead’s time in Seattle did not come to an end because his contract expired, his time in Seattle came to an end because team management decided to move on. In spite of having played 2017 on a one year contract, because he spent the majority of the season on the PUP list rather than the 53 man roster, Shead’s contract tolled. If the Seahawks had wanted him on the roster in 2018, he was theirs for the taking on a repeat of the same one-year contract on which he spent the 2017 season. Obviously, the Seahawks decided to move on from Shead, releasing him in order to allow him to sign with the Detroit Lions, rather than keep him on the tolled contract. However, it does present an opportunity for fans to learn one of the small intricacies regarding the PUP list when players are in the final year of their contract, and that is an intricacy of which another recent occurrence is also relevant. In order to understand this, there are two key parts. The first key is that there are two conditions that must be met, and those conditions are: the player must be in the final year of their contract andthe player must not spend enough time on the 53 man roster to earn an accrued season.If both of those conditions hold true, then that player will have their contract tolled, and they will again be under contract to the same team for another season at the same terms as the final year of their contract. I know that’s kind of confusing, so let me explain it with an example in order to clear up any misunderstandings created by my twisting and winding explanation. In my example, I will discuss Sebastian Vollmer, who was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Vollmer stepped in and started almost immediately as a rookie, starting 44 games over the course of his rookie contract. He hit free agency in the spring of 2013, but rather than depart New England, Vollmer eventually agreed to terms on a new four year contract with the Pats. This new contract would keep Vollmer in New England for the 2013-2016 seasons, while securing his services through his prime. Unfortunately, injuries continued to plague him in the coming season, as he missed eleven games in the first three years of the contract. Specifically, during the 2015 season he missed three regular season game and played through injury during both of the Pats playoff games. The injuries he suffered in 2015, specifically a nagging hip injury, landed Vollmer on the PUP list to open training camp in 2016 and eventually led to him missing the entire season. That is important because having spent the entire season on PUP and IR, his contract tolled. That means that even though 2016 should have been the final year for which he was under contract to the Patriots, because his contract tolled, he was again under contract with the Patriots for the 2017 under the exact same terms. Both sides, however, had decided to move on rather than bring Vollmer back to New England for another season. Thus, the Pats released him in early March of 2017 and he retired just a few weeks later. The reason this is of note now is that reports indicate that the contract of another player who suffered a serious injury has also tolled. Zach Miller of the Chicago Bears suffered a devastating knee injury that could have forced the amputation of his leg during the 2017, and in the spring of 2018 the Bears signed him to a one year, minimum salary contract. So, in short, the Bears have shown themselves to be a class organization in terms of takingcare of one their players who were injured on the field. Much as I anticipate with Chancellor, though, don’t be surprised if the Bears release Miller in the second half of the week after the draft. There are extended health insurance benefits available to qualified (vested) players released after May 1 with a failed physical designation, and so it will not be a surprise to see players like Chancellor and Miller quietly let go in the wake of the draft. The Seattle Seahawks have some big decisions to make before the 2019 season opens. Not only does budding star Frank Clark need a new contract, but building blocks Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner will have extensions in mind. The Seahawks have a tad under $55M in cap space, so GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll should have the wiggle room to construct the roster as they see fit this offseason. Though Wagner and Wilson are the two most important pieces on the roster, for now, the focus remains on those approaching free agency in March. There are 14 players on Seattle’s roster who are on expiring deals (per Over the Cap), and those players are: Earl Thomas, K.J. Wright, Justin Coleman, Shamar Stephen, Sebastian Janikowski, Dion Jordan, Neiko Thorpe, J.R. Sweezy, D.J. Fluker, Mike Davis, Frank Clark, Mychal Kendricks, Maurice Alexander and Brett Hundley.There’s a trio of players who, for this exercise, will be presumed as gone or not in the Seahawks’ plans: Earl Thomas Marshawn Lynch Jersey , Sebastian Janikowski and Mychal Kendricks. Thomas is self-explanatory, Janikowski is heading into his age-41 season and coming off an average year, and Kendricks’ sentence being delayed all but ends his hopes of playing in 2019. A fourth player, Clark, will also be excluded from this exercise. Whether it’s the franchise tag or an extension, Clark is not going anywhere this offseason. That leaves us with 10 players, who will be split into three groups: Likely to be retained, unlikely to be retained, and anyone’s best guess. Let’s get into it:Likely to be retainedJustin Coleman A preseason trade for Coleman prior to the 2017 season bailed Seattle out as Jeremy Lane devolved from bad contract to liability. Since making the nickel spot his own, Coleman has looked like the Seahawks’ best corner at times, particularly early in the 2018 season. Coleman’s playing time went up-and-down over the final stretch of 2018, as Pete Carroll and Seattle experimented with big nickel looks, giving Delano Hill some of Coleman’s snaps. Nickel corners are starters in the modern NFL, and need to be valued as such. Carroll has identified his two cornerstones on the outside, and should make sure the trio is rounded out with Coleman. Approximate deal: In October, I wrote about an extension for Coleman in regards to the bar being set for a nickel corner by Bobby McCain’s new contract at $6.75M per year, with $13M guaranteed. Since then, the Dolphins deployed McCain as an outside corner, perhaps why he set such a high standard prior to the season. A deal in the $4.5M-$6M range for Coleman seem right. Neiko Thorpe The Seahawks’ special teams captain battled injuries all season, but made his biggest play of the season—while injured—in the Wild Card round. Carroll and Seattle give special teams as much respect as any franchise outside of the Patriots, and without much of a market for Thorpe, he should be retained. Approximate deal: After establishing himself as a core special teamer with the Seahawks, Thorpe signed a two-year, $3.5M deal during the 2017 offseason. Unlikely to ever establish himself on defense, Thorpe should earn close to that on a new deal. D.J. Fluker For a while, it seemed as though Fluker was going to price himself out of Seattle’s future, as he began the season playing great football. Then, injuries and strong play from Jordan Simmons in relief made it seem as though Fluker wouldn’t be in their plans for a completely different reason. By season’s end, it seemed as though Fluker’s stock had settledabout where it was prior to the season—aided by the way in which Carroll spoke of his fit within the culture. A favorite of Mike Solari’s, and a proper Seahawk, Fluker should be brought back.Approximate deal: Fluker played in 2018 on a one-year deal with a cap hit just over $1.3M. With his fit and value more clear, Fluker should see a bump in average per year, and contract length. Three years—taking him to age 30—with an APY in the $2.5M-$4M range would be a good deal for player and team. J.R. SweezyBrought back in training camp following his release from the Buccaneers, Sweezy not only made the team despite being injured throughout August, but started 15 games. Sweezy has already received his big payday in the NFL, and is back in a place where he’s comfortable. I would imagine he’s eager to stay put. Approximate deal: Assuming both player and team are happy to run it back another season, Sweezy could return on a deal similar to the one he played under in 2018: $1.5M with incentives that could push it to $2M. Brett HundleySeattle dealt a sixth-round selection for the former Packers backup, after both Austin Davis and Alex McGough failed to impress in preseason. Hundley didn’t do anything to create a market for himself in free agency, and having dealt a pick for him, one would imagine the Seahawks would like to bring him back—at least to compete with Paxton Lynch and give themselves a couple options behind Russell Wilson. Approximate deal: Hundley was paid a modest $705,000 last season as Wilson’s backup. If Hundley returns in 2019, it will be at a cap charge below $1M, and it will be without guarantees. Unlikely to be retainedShamar StephenWhen covering Seattle’s UDFA class last spring, I expressed my expectation for Stephen to be beaten out by Poona Ford for a roster spot. Both ended up on the roster, with Tom Johnson the (eventual) odd man out. Stephen was serviceable and Carroll spoke highly of him, but the sentiment from last spring remains: Stephen was a stop-gap solution, and Ford is more than capable of filling that role now. It’s certainly possible Stephen returns to provide depth at defensive tackle, but the Seahawks should look elsewhere for that depth. Stephen was paid a hair over $2M last season—Seattle can find his contributions for cheaper in the draft or rookie free agency. Dion JordanThe Seahawks were counting on Jordan to repeat his pleasantly surprising 2017 in 2018, and he was unable to do so. Injuries once again reared their ugly head, with Jordan missing all of preseason and four regular season games. In 12 games, Jordan collected just 1.5 sacks. Like Stephen, it’s possible Jordan is brought back for depth—or as a camp body—but I would expect for his roster spot to go to a legitimate contributor. Mike DavisCredit where credit is due: Davis rose above a crowded backfield to be an asset to Seattle in 2018, filling the 3rd down role and as a reliever on early downs. However, with Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson firmly in the team’s plans, Davis would be returning to the Seahawks as the clear third choice—after his best season to date, would he accept that, or would he look for an expanded role elsewhere? I would imagine the latter.Maurice AlexanderFollowing an injury riddled August, Alexander was brought back to Seattle in October after being released during final cuts. Alexander never really carved out a place on the roster, with fellow safety Shalom Luani arriving via trade following Alexander’s release. (Alexander dressed for nine games; Luani 12). Luani, an exclusive rights free agent, will likely be brought back at a lower cost. Alexander may be brought back as a camp body with no guarantees on his deal, but not before he’s allowed to test free agency. Anyone’s best guessK.J. WrightBobby Wagner has made it clear he wants his running mate to return to the Seahawks in 2019. Wright made it clear with his play from Week 16 onwards, he has something left in the tank. Whether that leads to Seattle’s longest tenured player being given a third contract remains to be seen. Wright is entering his age-30 season and coming off a deal which paid him $6.75M APY. While there is no clear successor on the roster, the Seahawks should continue to search for one this offseason, and have expressed to Shaquem Griffin an expanded role is on the horizon. That could mean Wright isn’t in the team’s plans at all, or that he could be, at the right price for a year or two. If Wright were to return, he would surely need to take a pay cut from his previous deal. A one- or two-year deal around $5M per year, with guarantees only in the first year, would be a good deal for Seattle. It would afford them more time to find Wright’s eventual replacement, and give Wright a chance to put a healthy season together as he pushes for a final sizable contract.The biggest priority for the Seahawks this offseason is finalizing an extension for Clark, and that will surely get wrapped up before free agency opens. After that, Seattle will have some challenging decisions to make, but more than enough cap space to make them.
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