In need of some help in the secondary this offseason, the Buffalo Bills have already added one high priced safety to their roster in the form of Micah Hyde. However, despite this signing, the Bills are still lacking in the area of starting cornerbacks considering the fact that they lost former starter Stephon Gilmore to the rival Patriots.
Holding a visit with former Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead, the Buffalo Bills would be smart to sign the former Seattle player. That said, concerns remain from myself and many others about the torn ACL and Meniscus that he suffered during the wildcard playoff game this past January. With few players ever returning to full strength, this will be something to keep an eye on.
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That said, there is little doubts about his play before the injury. Starting opposite Richard Sherman last season, Shead was an underrated part of Seattle’s success. Add in the fact that he was special teams captain for the team a few seasons ago and you have a player that brings a lot of positives with him.
Going back to his knee injury though, there is a way for the Bills to get their money’s worth if they so choose to sign DeShawn Shead. Giving Shead a one-year prove it contract could always be the first option. Doing this would be a financial risk for the team, but the effects from Shead failing to return to form would only be felt until the end of the 2017 season when he would once again become a free agent.
Another option for the team is if they want to sign Shead to a multi-year deal, the contract could become extremely incentivized. Giving Shead a small salary and signing bonus to limit the amount of cost against the cap, the team could incentivize his deal to the max, giving him payouts when he plays in so many games and if he remains healthy.
While it could be a risk to sign DeShawn Shead, I believe that there are ways to limit the financial part of the risk. Considering his level of play before the knee injury, Shead is a player that looks to be worth the risk. Considering the Bills need at the position, I think they should pursue Shead when he comes for his visit.