The Seattle Seahawks are thin at running back, and they reportedly are trying to add to the position.
The Seahawks have extended an offer to free agent running back Devonta Freeman, according to a report. The offer is for one year, worth up to $4 million.
Freeman, 27, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on March 16. He gained 656 yards and scored two touchdowns on 184 carries 2019. Freeman missed 14 games with knee, foot and groin injuries in 2018.
Freeman gained a combined 3,000 yards and scored 29 touchdowns from 2015 to 2017, including consecutive seasons (2015-16) in which he gained at least 1,000 yards and earned trips to the Pro Bowl. Freeman is also an excellent receiver, having caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns during his six-year career.
The Seahawks are also interested in free agent Carlos Hyde, who played for the Houston Texans in 2019. Hyde posted a career-high 1,070 yards and six touchdowns on 245 carries last season.
The Seahawks lost starter Chris Carson (hip) and backups Rashaad Penny (ACL) and C.J. Prosise (broken arm) to season-ending injuries in December. Carson is expected to be ready for training camp, but Penny’s rehabilitation could extend past Week 1 and Prosise wasn’t re-signed. The Seahawks reportedly have had conversations with Marshawn Lynch.
-- Geoffrey C. Arnold 5/8 @geoffreyCarnold
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