The Seahawks made a big move on Friday, retaining starting running back Chris Carson on a two-year contract, per Adam Schefter. The full deal is worth $14.625 million, and there is a voidable third year baked into the contract.
The voidable year allows Seattle to push the cap hit into an extra year, minimizing Carson's cap number to just $2.5 million in 2021.
Carson is a two-time 1,000-yard rusher but had a quiet year by his standards in 2020, running for just 681 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. Seattle made obvious efforts to limit his workload, and he also missed four games due to a foot injury.
It will be interesting to see what kind of per-game roster bonuses are built into the contract. Carson's biggest issue has always been his availability. However, he's managed to miss just seven games over the last three seasons. That doesn't include a pair of postseason games in 2019, though.
Carson will re-assume his role as the Seahawks top running back with Rashaad Penny, Alex Collins, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas vying for snaps behind him. Seattle should be set at running back with that stable.
At some point the Seahawks will need to address their pass rush, but finding a way to retain Carson was a nice way to cap off a productive first week of free agency.