The core of Pete Carroll’s offensive at the Seattle Seahawks was the running game, and the on-site fights to start the season were too big to beat. It is no accident that the Seahawks won victories when Rashaad Penny overran the opposing defenses.
The challenge is that both Penny and Chris Carson have faced significant injuries throughout their careers, making the Seahawks a tough decision to make this off-season. With Penny about to hit the free agency, the Seahawks might be looking in a different direction if its price gets higher than their level of comfort.
During the January 10th edition of the Seahawks Man 2 Man podcast, The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar and journalist Christopher Kidd discussed possible free agent options for the Seahawks. Kidd believes one name to watch out for for the Seahawks is Buccaneers, which brings back Leonard Fournette.
“Well, you told Leonard Fournette, if Leonard is like the headliner, it’s okay if the Seahawks want to go out and pay, or how much you’re going to pay, it depends,” Kidd remarked. “But if Leonard Fournette is the headliner in the independent agency class in 2022 and he wants to come to Seattle, then I’ll say do it.
“… One-year contract, $ 3.2 million for Leonard Fournette, that was his deal with the Bucs. He hasn’t had the best year this season, so maybe this [gets] him with a year, $ 2 million, I would be fine with that if he wanted to do that, just toss that out. That’s one who’s running back, I would say, go and get him. He can come in, he’s physical. ”
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Fournette is likely to be much more proficient in the open market. Pro Football Focus anticipates that Fournette will land a two-year contract for $ 16 million and $ 11 million in guaranteed money this off-season.
We know the Seahawks had an interest in adding Fournette during the 2021 off-season. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reported that the Seahawks made “a strong effort to poach him”.
“Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette is considering an offer to stay in Tampa (Brady is recruiting him back), but the Seahawks have made a strong offer to poach him,” tweeted Breer on March 16, 2021. “Stylistically, Seattle would be an interesting” fit. “
Ultimately, Fournette decided to re-contract with the Buccaneers, and it will be interesting to see if the Seahawks make another run in the former top five picks. Fournette notched 180 carries for 812 yards and eight touchdowns in his 14 regular season appearances. The Buccaneers running back also added 69 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns.
Penny ended the season as strong as any top running back in the league. The Seahawks rusher has scored more than 130 yards in four of the team’s last five games. Dugar warned the Seahawks not to sign Penny again and consider him a compliment for Carson.
“Rashaad is not a Robin, we talked about that in August,” remarked Dugar. “Rashaad is Batman and if you let him be Batman he can do what he did. He was the best in football for a month, he didn’t even lie. Better than Jonathan Taylor and [Nick] Chubb or whoever for a month. Yes, he was, he really was.
“But now, if you ask him to leave, ‘Okay, you’re only going to get seven carries now because we’re Chris … [Carson] like 13. ‘ Well then, okay, then he’ll be Robin again, and I just don’t think that’s for him, you know. “