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Seahawks may be ‘interested’ in ex-Pro Bowl RB: analyst

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The Seattle Seahawks could be looking for another running back.

Following the news that the Denver Broncos will retire on Monday, March 21. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times had an interesting suggestion. According to Condotta, the Seahawks “might” be interested in Gordon because of their past interest in Eno Benjamin. Benjamin was waived by the Arizona Cardinals last week Seahawks is one of four teams that have filed a waiver claim on the 23-year-old running back. However, the Houston Texans – who have the worst record in the league at 1-8-1 – landed with the young running back.

“Gordon has obviously struggled this year, including against the Seahawks. But just thinking out loud — Seattle filed a waiver claim for Eno Benjamin and may be interested in RB depth,” Condotta said.

As Spotrac points outHe still owes Gordon $940,000 on his contract plus in-game bonuses if a team were to claim him from waivers.

“Melvin Gordon has $940,000 of his 2022 salary left over, including active per-game bonuses, in case a team tries to get him out of waivers,” Spotrac said.

Gordon, 29, has been the Broncos running back since Javonte Williams suffered a knee injury at the end of the season in Week 4 against the Las Vegas Raiders. However, Gordon has struggled with ball safety issues for years and has fumbled the ball 26 times since joining the league in 2015 – the most returns in that period. Gordon fumbled the ball at the two-yard line against the Raiders in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to Las Vegas. Although a teammate recovered the football, the Broncos missed the field goal by the end of the drive. Had Gordon scored, Denver would have had a 17-7 lead over Las Vegas.

Head coach Nathaniel Hackett explained why Gordon’s team is making the switch.

“He’s a real professional, he’s done a lot of good things here… we thought it was the best for the team and we went ahead and wished him the best of luck, I think it’s great for him to have a fresh start,” Hackett said Monday.

Though Gordon certainly had a penchant for fumbling, a minor role to Seattle’s top defenseman Kenneth Walker III could lessen those problems. While Gordon has struggled to lead football this season — he averages just 3.5 yards per carry — it could be a product of the Broncos’ lackluster offense. Denver averages 14.7 points per game, the lowest in the league. Gordon rushed for 918 yards while averaging 4.5 yards per carry while sharing carries with Williams last season.

The Seahawks are running thin after Rashaad Penny’s season-ending injury. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer play mostly special team roles and have just 20 carries combined this season. As NFL Trade Rumors’ Logan Ulrich points out, Gordon Walker could offer valuable “insurance.”

“For a team that relies on the running game like Seattle, the shaky depth when running back is a problem,” Ulrich said. “Gordon wouldn’t do any work for Walker, but he would take out insurance as he might be someone who would be able to take the lead should Walker miss the time.”

While the Seahawks are obviously at a disadvantage because of the waiver process — with a 6-4 record, teams with smaller records prioritize Seattle — they could very well make a claim given their past interest in Benjamin.

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