The Seattle Seahawks reportedly retained a key member of their Legion of Boom secondary by re-signing cornerback Jeremy Lane on Wednesday.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Lane agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with the Seahawks. Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo confirmed Lane's fresh deal, and the team announced the deal later in the night.
On Thursday, Rapoport reported that the deal is for four years and worth $23 million with $11 million guaranteed.
The 25-year-old recently made it known he wanted to remain with the team that initially brought him aboard as a sixth-round pick on SiriusXM's Blitz show (via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times): "If the situation was right I would love to go back to the Seahawks. They were the team to give me my first opportunity to showcase my skills in the NFL, and I appreciate them. They would be my No. 1 choice I would go to if they were the right choice for me and my family."
As part of the 2012 draft class that netted All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner and franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, Lane is another gem from general manager John Schneider's massive haul.
Lane played well in the second half of the 2014 campaign as Seattle surged to a Super Bowl XLIX berth. Unfortunately, when Lane made an interception in the grand finale's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in the first quarter, he was tackled and suffered both a torn ACL and a severe wrist fracture.
Those injuries caused him to miss 10 games in 2015, but it does make sense that the team would want to lock him up for the long haul. Given his history of being banged up, Lane probably didn't come at too steep a cost and has proved capable of playing outside or in the slot.
Other than elite lockdown corner Richard Sherman and rangy free safety Earl Thomas, Seattle doesn't have a lot of great coverage specialists on the back end. Depth at the cornerback position in particular is thin behind Sherman, DeShawn Shead and Lane.
Lane has been a contributor in some capacity since his rookie year and figures to cement himself as a starter in 2016 and beyond if he can stay healthy.
Lane's clutch free-agent retention knocks one big priority off Seattle's list. It has to be a relief after losing starting linebacker Bruce Irvin to the Oakland Raiders, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, and guard J.R. Sweezy to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as reported by Rapoport.
Now the Seahawks must turn their focus to their other key free agents, left tackle Russell Okung—whose own injury history will complicate matters—and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
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