Jeremy Lane could be younger, cheaper cornerback option for Dolphins

Miami Dolphins tight end Jordan Cameron (84) gets upended by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane (20) on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. (Jim Rassol/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

The short-lived Joe Haden sweepstakes left the Miami Dolphins empty handed, but if the team is still in the market for a cornerback, another option may be available.

The Seattle Seahawks are gauging the trade market for several players, including 27-year-old cornerback Jeremy Lane, according to the NFL Network.

While trading for Lane may prove too costly for a team with a respectable in-house option at the position in Byron Maxwell, if the Seahawks were to release Lane, he may be worth Miami’s consideration.

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Lane is two years younger than Maxwell, 29, and has impressed his current team in the preseason. Early on in training camp, Seattle coach Pete Carroll praised Lane’s offseason preparation, complementing his conditioning and strength.

“You ask anyone in the program and they will tell you Jeremy Lane is on fire right now,” Carroll told The Seattle Times at the time.

While Lane doesn’t provide the same turnover threat in the secondary that Maxwell does, with only two career interceptions and one forced fumble, he is a younger and probably cheaper option for the Dolphins.

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Lane’s cap hit is $5.25 million in 2017 and jumps to $7.25 million in the next two seasons, while Maxwell’s cap hit sits at $8.5 million in 2017, $10 million in 2018 and 2019 and $10.75 million in 2020.

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