The Seattle Seahawks made sure to hold on to one of their own on Wednesday, as free agency took center stage in the offseason.
In a surprising move, the Seahawks had already lost linebacker Bruce Irvin to the Oakland Raiders. Additionally, defensive tackle Brandon Mebane signed with the San Diego Chargers, while guard J.R. Sweezy is widely reported to have inked a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cornerback Jeremy Lane is coming back to play his home games at CenturyLink Field, inking a reported four-year contract. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the news while also breaking details in terms of the length of the contract: “The #Seahawks and CB Jeremy Lane have agreed to terms on a 4-year deal, source said.”
While financial terms have not yet been released or reported, the move likely solidifies Lane’s spot as the fourth member of the vaunted Legion of Boom. The cornerback saw action in six games last season, as he registered 10 tackles and two interceptions.
Next season will be Lane's fifth in the league, and it would appear that he’ll start much more than two games. Lane was limited this past season due to an injury that he sustained in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. The 25-year-old broke his arm and tore his ACL while returning an interception.
Lane will likely be the long-term solution opposite Richard Sherman where Seattle’s cornerbacks are concerned. The Seahawks have had a surprisingly difficult time finding a full-time starter to play across from the All-Pro. Seattle let both Brandon Browner and Byron Maxwell walk in free agency, seemingly not wanting to overpay for either player. The team did sign Cary Williams to a multi-year contract prior to last season as Maxwell’s replacement, but Williams was cut before he season ended.
The former sixth-round draft pick will help lead a defensive back field that, in addition to Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas, features promising young players like Tharold Simon and Tye Smith.