The Seahawks may have taken Rashaad Penny in the first round in the 2018 NFL draft but his final and true value might come in getting draft capital beyond the 2021 season.
And FanSided’s Steelers site Still Curtain offers some insight into what a Pittsburgh trade to the Seahawks for Rashaad Penny might look like. It makes sense too. Penny, unless he remarkably changes course, stays healthy, and gets Seattle some very productive yards and touchdowns in 2021, is not going to be with Seattle beyond this season.
Why shouldn’t Seattle trade him for, as Still Curtain presents it, a fourth or fifth round choice? This would give seven picks for 2022. Seattle has already traded its first round pick next year to the Jets in the Jamal Adams trade.
Seahawks trade to Steelers makes sense for both teams
Maybe Penny goes off this season, rushes for close to 1,000 yards, proves he is every once of a first round choice, but even if he does, his pick back in 2018 was a waste. First round choices need to make impacts nearly immediately and, at worst, in their years two. Penny hasn’t made any kind of long-lasting impact.
There is every possibility that Seattle is better off with Alex Collins and DeeJay Dallas behind Chris Carson than Penny. I say this because Penny cannot stay healthy and hasn’t shown that he will stay healthy for long even when he can play.
I actually think Seattle should sign a veteran free agent running back like Frank Gore (who has proven he can play nearly every game) than gamble once again on Penny. Of course, Penny might go to the Steelers and be fantastic. But if he is, Seattle still gambled correctly with the trade. Because the reality is that Seattle will likely get nothing from Penny.
The probability is that Rashaad Penny will be with the Seahawks in 2021. I have no basis that he will do well or anything at all. My hope is that he gets close to 800 yards and gives Carson a break. But hope is fleeting and by week 14 it may be that 12s have rarely seen Penny on the field once again.