Seahawks rumored to sign this multi-time Pro Bowl running back

Seattle may still need running back depth in 2024.
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The Seattle Seahawks have a recent history of losing multiple running backs to injury during the season. Sometimes these injuries are fairly grave such as Chris Carson's neck injury in 2021 cost the player his career. To be fair, and as hard as Carson worked and played, it was better he retired as carrying on a normal life as a human being is more important than trying to keep playing football.

Seattle's presumed RB1 in 2024 and beyond is Kenneth Walker III. Even he has missed a couple of games each season with an injury and has missed most of a third. That is relatively healthy for a Seattle back, but the fact remains that Seattle needs to find depth for the times he cannot play. In recent seasons, DeeJay Dallas has been a decent option as RB3 but Dallas signed with the Arizona Cardinals in free agency this offseason.

Seattle might assume that second-year player Kenny McIntosh will stay healthier than he did in his rookie season and be the backup to Walker and Zach Charbonnet. Still, only carrying three running backs on the roster is extremely iffy. Bryant Koback was decent in preseason and was previously listed as fourth on Seattle's running back depth chart, but the team listed Koback on the reserve/retired list this week, so he seems done.

Seattle Seahawks adding Dalvin Cook might make sense for both sides

One site, FanSided's Minnesota Vikings site, The Viking Age, has the Seahawks listed among a few teams that are rumored to potentially sign four-time Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook. Cook is currently a free agent after playing for two teams in 2023 and not accomplishing much last year. Still, Cook is only 28 years old and he would not need to carry even the second-biggest load for the Seahawks.

So why sign him? Well, Adam Patrick of The Viking Age has an excellent point. Cook's best seasons with Minnesota were spent while working with running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and Polamalu was hired this offseason to be Seattle's running backs coach. If Cook wants to re-find his footing in the NFL, he might think a familiar face would help.

Cook also is not going to command that much money. First of all, he is a running back which tend not to do as well financially as other positions in the current NFL structure. Plus, he is an aging running back with over 1,300 carries so teams might assume he would be like buying used tires. The Seahawks do need a little depth at running back, however, and Cook has been good previously and worked with Polamalu so maybe Cook to Seattle makes sense.

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