More and more it appears Seahawks running back Chris Carson will not be returning to play in 2021. Heck, it might be that Carson never plays another down for Seattle. His neck injury is potentially life-altering, not just a football issue. Hopefully, the problem isn’t something Carson has to deal with for the rest of his life.
But this is an article about football and for the Seahawks to potentially need to replace Carson for at least this season there are still some good free agent RBs available. None of the players to follow are currently anywhere near as good as Carson is when he is healthy.
But Carson isn’t healthy, obviously, and Seattle relying solely on Alex Collins would be a mistake. (I am aware that Rashaad Penny is also on the team but he can’t be trusted to stay healthy either. Or productive, for that matter.) Seattle should add another back to help with the rotation of players they have.
3 running backs who are still free agents that could help the Seahawks
That current rotation consists of Collins, Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Dallas and Homer are more special teams players than consistent cogs in the Seattle rushing attack. Neither has shown that they can be an every-down productive back. Should Collins get hurt they might need to do that.
And that’s a bit of a scary prospect as Seattle’s iffy running game even with Collins would mean more obvious passing downs and Seattle hasn’t shown it can pass-block well at all. And it’s almost best to assume Penny isn’t actually on the team.
But three running backs could help the Seahawks out of the backfield.