Wayne Gallman, New York Giants: UFA
Wayne Gallman has been stuck for the last few seasons. When you are in a running back room with a healthy do-it-all Saquon Barkley, there isn’t a lot of action to be seen.
However, in his rookie year (before Barkley joined the team) Gallman showed he is quite good at pass-catching. He caught 34 of 48 targets. This season, Barkley was injured early in the year. This led to a chance for Gallman to lead the running back room.
He did not disappoint. His pass-catching rate was an impressive 78%. He had 796 yards from scrimmage despite the New York Giants not having much of an offensive week in, week out. The most important item, he showed he is more than just a pass-catching back.
Across 15 games, Gallman averaged 4.6 yards per carry. It wasn’t a small sample size either, unlike previous years.
Games Played: 15
Rushing Attempts: 147
Rushing yards: 682
Total Touchdowns: 6
Gallman is unlikely to receive a lot of interest. He is going to be 27 next year and has very little exposure working on a functioning offense. However, for a low-cost one-year deal, this could pay dividends.
Suggested contract: 1 year, $3 million.
This would allow both sides of the deal to get to know each other before deciding whether to continue playing together long term.
Regardless of what the Seahawks do with free agency and running backs, they need to tap into the draft. This draft is incredibly deep with talented running backs. Quite a few of them could be available to Seattle well into day 3.
The game plan should be to sign an inexpensive veteran and draft potential.
The order in which I would pursue if I were the Seahawks GM:
- Gus Edwards, RFA
- Marlon Mack, UFA
- Jamaal Williams, UFA
- Wayne Gallman, UFA