The Seattle Seahawks have reached a one year deal with running back Carlos Hyde worth up to 4 million!
Carlos Hyde, who is coming off a career year, was one of the best free agents still left on the board. Now, he joins a team that will need him in order to win the NFC West. Hyde will now join a backfield with Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny who was the Seahawks 2018 1st round draft pick, and Travis Homer. Both Carson and Penny are coming off season ending injuries. Chris Carson has dealt with a hip injury and should be ready by Week 1. For Rashaad Penny, there is a strong possibility that he will start off the season on the physically unable to perform list, which will mean that he will miss at least the first 6 games of the season.
Carlos Hyde is joining a Seahawks team that was in much need for a veteran because their backfield is young. Hyde is a veteran who is looking forward to playing his 7th season in the NFL. Hyde is used to moving teams as he has been on the 49ers, Browns, Jaguars, Chiefs, Texans and now the Seahawks. Hyde is coming off a 1,000 plus rushing season for the first time in his career which will help boost his confidence this season. In 6 seasons in the NFL, Hyde has a total of 5,079 yards and 35 total touchdowns. This move is great for the Seahawks. The Seahawks will be fighting with the 49ers and maybe even the Cardinals for the division and for a wild card spot. Getting a running back like Hyde will increase the Seahawks chance of making the playoffs.
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Notable running backs that are still available in free agency are Devonta Freeman, Marshawn Lynch, Lamar Miller, and LeSean McCoy. The Seahawks tried to go after running back Devonta Freeman, offering him a one year deal. Freeman is a 2 time pro bowler and led the NFL in rushing touchdowns in 2015. Here is a report about how Devonta Freeman is willing to sit out this season.
Mike Silver of NFL Media reported that Devonta Freeman is willing to sit out the 2020-2021 season. “Freeman believes he is worth more than what was being offered and has insisted he is willing to . . . skip the season if his number isn’t met,” Silver writes. “Freeman has invested his money well and saved much of the income he’s earned thus far. Financially, he does not have to play. His current mentality is that he won’t play if he doesn’t get an offer that reflects what he believes his value is.”
Nothing looks any better for Marshawn Lynch. It looks like he is headed back to retirement since Hyde is now on the Seahawks. Lynch told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt earlier this month that his agent had been in talks with the Seahawks about a possible return, but that doesn't seem possible now. Last year, Lynch came out of retirement for the second time in his career to play for the Seahawks for which he spent most of his career with. With Lynch likely going to retirement this offseason, it seems very unlikely that he will come out of retirement for the 3rd time.