When 28-year-old Chris Carson has been healthy he’s been absolutely amazing and a difference-maker for the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle’s offense is better if he’s on the field but if is the keyword here.
Carson has only played in 48 out of a possible 80 regular season games for the Seahawks. He’s often not there for Seattle down the later stretches of a season when it’s getting closer to playoff time.
The best attribute any player can have is availability. Carson signed a 2-year $10.4 million contract last offseason. $5.5 million of that was guaranteed and $4.5 million of that was paid as a signing bonus.
According to Over the Cap, if Carson is released after June 1st Seattle will save $4.925 million toward the cap. Clearly, Pete Carroll and John Schneider will be monitoring Carson’s offseason rehab closely (Carson had neck surgery during the 2021 season).
5 running backs the Seattle Seahawks should think of taking in the 2022 NFL draft
Despite Rashaad Penny putting on a clinic in his final five games of his contract year in 2021, he likely is seen by many as a first-round draft bust. Although he showed in the last month of the season that he still has explosive ability, in my honest opinion it’s a little too late. I want the best for Rashaad on another team but I’m ready for the Seahawks to move in a different direction. They shouldn’t pay two injury-prone running backs.
After watching the NFL Combine and running through as much tape as I can find on the prospects, I think Seattle should fix its running back issues by taking one of the five following players in the 2022 NFL draft.