5 veteran running back options for the Seattle Seahawks
Everyone knows the Seattle Seahawks love to run the ball.
Whether they should is a discussion for another time but knowing the offensive philosophy of Pete Carroll, Seattle may look to sign one more veteran running back ahead of the 2020 NFL season.
Running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are both coming off of season-ending injuries so the Seahawks may want one more reliable option for the upcoming season until they're both back to full health. Carson is expected to be ready by the start of next season and Penny's expected to return midseason.
Here are five options to consider.
After the season-ending injuries to Carson, Penny and C.J. Prosise near the end of last season, Seattle brought back Beast Mode to provide much-needed depth at the running back position for the stretch run.
He made his comeback in the Seahawks' regular-season finale, running 12 times for 34 yards and adding a touchdown against San Francisco. In the postseason, Lynch ran 18 times for 33 yards and posted three touchdowns. While the touchdowns seem impressive, the yards and success rate wasn't. By all measurable metrics, rookie Travis Homer was a much more effective runner than Lynch, and if the Seahawks don't think Homer can handle being the lead guy until Carson and Penny are back, then signing Lynch shouldn't be the plan unless they value nostalgia over winning.
Lynch and the Seahawks have been in contact telling ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt to “expect the unexpected,” when it comes to Lynch's future in the NFL. Later, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the door was being kept open for a Beast Mode return.
The Seahawks have reportedly offered Freeman a one year deal worth up to $4 million, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Freeman was replaced by Todd Gurley in Atlanta this offseason after gaining only 656 yards on 184 carries last season. At 28 years old, he should be able to run the ball effectively enough for the Seahawks but spending $4 million of the team's remaining cap space on a running back rather than waiting out Jadeveon Clowney's decision seems like a poor move.
The Seahawks have also been in talks with Carlos Hyde per Michael Silver. Hyde ran for 1,070 yards last season on 245 carries and six touchdowns last season for the Texans after stepping in as the starting running back following a season-ending injury to Lamar Miller. If the contracts are equal, the Seahawks should go with Hyde over Freeman as he's shown the ability to be more effective more recently than Freeman.
If the Seahawks want more of a pass-catching running back to complement Carson, they should sign Theo Riddick who will surely be cheaper than Freeman and could be more effective in certain situations. However, he never played a snap for Denver last season due to a shoulder injury that placed him on Injured Reserve. In 2018, he had 61 receptions for 384 yards for Detroit to go along with 40 rushes for 171 yards.
While McCoy has been linked to Philadelphia, the Eagles are also reportedly in talks with Hyde and Freeman so perhaps McCoy may still be on the market once those two make their respective decisions. McCoy spent last season winning a Super Bowl ring in Kansas City while rushing for 465 yards and four touchdowns on 101 rushing attempts. He and Damien Williams spent the season exchanging starts.