Seahawks’ DeShawn Shead signs exclusive-rights tender

Apr 16, 2015, 3:23 PM | Updated: 3:43 pm
DeShawn Shead has been a backup safety and special-teams player for Seattle the last two seasons. (...
DeShawn Shead has been a backup safety and special-teams player for Seattle the last two seasons. (AP)
(AP)

Defensive back DeShawn Shead has signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender with the Seahawks and will be under contract through next season.

His signing was listed on Thursday’s NFL transaction report.

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Shead was one of Seattle’s two exclusive-rights free agents, which are players with fewer than three accrued NFL seasons whose contracts have expired. Shead was signed by Seattle as an undrafted rookie in 2012 but didn’t spend the requisite amount of time on the active roster for that to count as an accrued season.

He’s been a reserve safety and special-teams player the last two years, and his 2014 season was highlighted by a blocked punt during Seattle’s win over Arizona in November.

Seattle lost Jeron Johnson in free agency earlier this offseason, which means Shead has an opportunity to be the primary backup to Earl Thomas and/or Kam Chancellor.

Wide receiver Ricardo Lockette was Seattle’s other exclusive-rights free agent. He signed his ERFA tender earlier this week.

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