5 Seattle Seahawks who will outplay their contracts in 2020

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RB Chris Carson

2020 Cap Hit: $2.15 million

Realistically, $2.15 million doesn’t seem like too low of a number for a running back.

In today’s NFL, running backs continue to get paid less and less. There are still a few big names out there who are fortunate enough to land massive contracts, but it’s becoming more of a rarity every year.

Despite that, there are two reasons why I see Chris Carson as a huge bargain.

The first is that, despite being the featured runner in the Seattle backfield, he ranks third among the team’s running backs in terms of 2020 cap hit. Although they aren’t making much more than Carson, both Rashaad Penny ($2.93 million) and Carlos Hyde ($2.75 million) are set to count more against the cap this upcoming season.

The second is that Carson’s $2.15 million makes him the 37th-ranked running back in the league in terms of 2020 cap hit. It’s safe to say he deserves to be paid well more than that, even given his health history and the fact that he’s still recovering from a season-ending hip injury.

Carson is coming off two consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns and has totaled 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He’s a key piece of the Seattle offensive attack and should continue to be so in 2020 once he’s back to full health.

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Enjoy it while it lasts. Carson’s contract is up next offseason, meaning the Seahawks are either going to have to pay up or watch him rack up yards elsewhere.