The Seahawks will need more depth at running back during 2021. Recent history proves this true. Seattle should sign one of these three running backs to provide someone who can step in and start when needed and backup Chris Carson because we know Rashaad Penny is going to get hurt and miss time.
No offense to Penny. He is probably a decent guy off the field but Seattle hasn’t really seen him on the field very much in three years and he is turning out to be a waste of a first round draft pick. Likely, Penny will be in his last season as a Seahawk unless he miraculously stays healthy for most of the season.
The Seahawks also don’t need to sign a free agent running back to a long-term deal. A one-year contract, like Seattle did with Carlos Hyde before 2020, should do. So which back should the Seahawks go after?
Seahawks should sign one of these three free agent running backs
Two things first. One is that I want to add Todd Gurley to this list as he seems a ridiculously good fit in Shane Waldron’s offense, especially as a backup, but I already mentioned Gurley in a recent article and don’t want to become a Gurley cheerleader by accident.
The second part is that I realize I am complaining about Rashaad Penny getting hurt a lot and T.J. Yeldon’s health has been just as bad lately. But Yeldon has had four relatively healthy seasons in the NFL. Plus, he is a Pete Carroll-sized running back at 225 pounds and has proven he can power through would-be tacklers as well as catch passes out of the backfield(Yeldon has caught 36 or more passes in a season three times). He is worth a one-year deal.