Seahawks free agent running backs
Rashaad Penny has had an injury-interrupted NFL career throughout his rookie contract and the Seahawks have recently declined to pick up his fifth-year option. This does not automatically mean his time is up in Seattle, but it does mean he is essentially on a one-year prove-it deal for 2021.
If Penny can establish himself as a reliable and quality backup to Chris Carson then he could find himself getting a new contract before we get to free agency. If he did enough to make it any sort of platoon with Carson, then he must surely get a new deal.
Missing four or more games with any sort of injury could end any chance of the Seahawks retaining him even off he plays really well in the other games. Penny has averaged a creditable 5.1 yards per carry and contributed five touchdowns from his 161 rush attempts as a Seahawks. It is his durability that is the biggest question mark with him.
If he could average 4.5 to 5 yards a carry over a full healthy season he would earn himself a new contract pretty easily.
Alex Collins has been underwhelming since coming over from the Ravens, over the past two seasons he has just 18 rush attempts for 77 yards at only 4.3 yards a carry. As a result, he has slipped down the depth chart behind Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas.
Unless he can get back on track and move back up the depth chart in 2021 he is done in Seattle.
Nick Bellore is a free agent in 2022 but it would cost Seattle $2.3 million to let him go due to the structure of his contract. He is a special teams asset that at aged 32 will almost certainly remain a Seahawks in 2022.