Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Seahawks reportedly want to sign Devonta Freeman with Rashaad Penny injured

Devonta Freeman was released by the Atlanta Falcons in March Devonta Freeman was released by the Atlanta Falcons in March
Cary Erickson | 23 May, 2020, 03:13

Freeman could change his stance depending upon how many other offers he receives. The veteran running back is looking for more money, however.

New York's interest in Freeman is curious considering it just signed Gore and drafted Florida running back La'Mical Perine in the fourth round. He has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN. It was his first season rushing for over 1,000 yards.

If anything, Freeman would give the Jets another running back that can catch passes out of the backfield and make plays between the tackles.

Silver has also reported that Seattle has had conversations with free agent Carlos Hyde.

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The Seahawks lost starter Chris Carson (hip) and backups Rashaad Penny (ACL) and C.J. Prosise (broken arm) to season-ending injuries in December.

But his production has slid since then as his injuries have piled up - he has played in just 16 regular season games over the past two years and averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season (656 yards on 184 attempts).

The 28-year-old Freeman, meanwhile, has been a free agent since the Atlanta Falcons released him in March with three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. Freeman also was used extensively in receiving roles and that may have been one reason Seattle avidly pursued him first among the running backs who are available.

If Freeman does eventually agree to terms with the Seahawks, he'll be returning to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a matchup with the Falcons in Week 1.