Jeremy Lane #20 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball against the New England Patriots as he makes an interception in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The deal was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. A league source confirmed the signing Wednesday night.
Lane missed the first 10 games of the 2015 season as he recovered from a broken arm and torn ACL suffered in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. But once he was back on the field, Lane didn’t take long to get back to full speed. He finished the regular season with two interceptions (the first regular season picks of his career) and a career-high six passes defended.
Lane has the ability to play both outside and in the slot for Seattle. The new contract likely puts Lane in line to take over as the starter opposite Richard Sherman. Though his ability to play the slot could see him move inside in nickel situations with Deshawn Shead, Tharold Simon or another option taking over on the perimeter.
Reserve options such as Tye Smith, Mohammad Seisay, Marcus Burley and Stanley Jean-Baptiste could factor into the competition as well.
Lane joins defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin as unrestricted free agents re-signed by Seattle. The Seahawks have not signed any free agents from other teams through the first day of free agency.
Linebacker Bruce Irvin (Oakland), defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (San Diego) and guard J.R. Sweezy (Tampa Bay) have moved on to other teams since free agency officially began on Wednesday.