The NFL is a funny business. Before the 2021 season, the Seahawks rightfully decided not to pick up Rashaad Penny’s fifth-year option. Penny was a first round bust and couldn’t stay healthy. Not only that but it wasn’t clear how much Penny actually wanted to play. He would come into a game for three plays and then leave and look injured and never returned. 12s got used to this.
Even most of the way through the season Penny seemed like not only might he never get back on the field in a Seattle uniform but it wasn’t obvious he would even play football again. Penny played a bit in week one, went on injured reserve and then did not play again until weeks 7 and 8. Then, of course, he got hurt again and came back in week 11. He ran twice versus the Cardinals including one impressive run and then left with injury. Again.
Before week 13, there was some talk about Penny once again going on injured reserve but he didn’t and played every game the rest of the season starting in week 13. He was so good in the last five games that he ended up leading Seattle in rushing yards this year and led the entire NFL in yards-per-rush (6.3).
More than that, Penny was so explosive and productive that his last five games of 2021 changed the narrative of his entire career. He went from bust to possible must-sign for the Seahawks this offseason. If – and that is a huge if – Penny can stay healthy for all of 2022, he could run for 1,500 yards and help make Seattle’s offense one of the best in the NFC.