The Seattle Seahawks would be a playoff team if the season were to end right now. The problem is that the season doesn't end right now and the Seahawks have the toughest part of their schedule ahead of them. Do we hope Seattle makes the postseason again? Of course! But that doesn't seem overly likely no matter their current standing.
Maybe that is just an overreaction to the awfulness of Week 9. Or maybe Week 9 showed how good Seattle really was this year. We will know more in a few weeks.
But based on what we have seen halfway through the season, there are several Seahawks who likely won't be back in 2024. Some of this is due to money, and some just for poor play. Here are five who probably won't return.
Running back DeeJay Dallas likely will not return next year
I like DeeJay Dallas as he seems to be a fun guy to have on the team and he is versatile on the field. The issue for him is that he hasn't been overly productive in his four years with Seattle nor does the team seem to trust him much to run the ball consistently. He did get a chance to return punts and kickoffs this year and he has done well, but many players can return kicks and punts. In fact, Seattle replaced Dallas on kickoffs at the start of Week 9 and that was before Dallas was injured.
Dallas injured his shoulder against the Baltimore Ravens but was back at practice this week and could play in Week 10. Still, his time with the Seahawks seems limited as he will be a free agent next offseason and Seattle has Kenneth Walker III, Zach Charbonnet, and rookie Kenny McIntosh. McIntosh might be able to play in Week 10 as well. Taking a running back in one of the later rounds of the 2024 draft would seem logical (and cheaper) than to bring back Dallas.
Dallas averaged 34 carries in his first three seasons (he had 34 in 2020, 33 in 2021, and 35 in 2022, so maybe Seattle is paying him per diem?), but he only has five rushes so far in 2023. He has also played only 11 percent of offensive snaps, a career low. Head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider seem to be preparing for life post-Dallas.
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