|Mar. 7, 2017 12:21 PM PT1:21 PM MT2:21 PM CT3:21 PM ET20:21 GMT4:21 1:21 PM MST3:21 PM EST2:21 PM CT0:21 UAE (+1)15:21 ETNaN:� - Shead will not receive a qualifying offer from the Seattle Seahawks, meaning he will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins later this week. Cameron Foster, the agent for Shead, said Tuesday that the Seahawks have made the decision not to use the tender option as Shead is a restricted free agent.
Analysis: The decision is surprising after Shead became Seattle's starting cornerback late in the 2015 season and held the spot throughout 2016 opposite Richard Sherman. The former undrafted free agent played well with 81 tackles, 14 passes defensed and one interception - of New England's Tom Brady - in the regular season. But he suffered a torn ACL in Seattle's playoff loss to Atlanta in January.