The Seattle Seahawks have declined Rashaad Penny’s fifth-year option, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on Monday.
The move was to be expected for Penny. He was only limited to just three games in 2020 and only had 11 carries for 34 yards.
Injuries have plagued his career since he was drafted back in 2018, and has not played up to the expectations of what the Seahawks thought they would be getting from a first-round pick.
Exercising Penny’s option would have meant $4.523M salary in 2022.
It also would have been fully guaranteed, per the league’s new rule for fifth-year options for first-round picks.
In his first two seasons, when Penny is healthy, has looked decent at times. He had 150 carries for 789 yards (5.3 yards per attempt) with five touchdowns.
Penny will do his best to reassert himself as a worthy first-round pick now that he is healthy and Chris Carson is looking for them to be the best duo backfield in the league.
We will see if the two of them will live up to their own expectations this season.