In need of a veteran ball carrier, the Seattle Seahawks made a one-year offer to twice Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman and were also in talks with Carlos Hyde, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
The Seahawks are looking to strengthen their rear field with starter Chris Carson and the choice of first round Rashaad Penny 2018 who just injured themselves at the end of the season. Another veteran ball carrier, Marshawn Lynch, told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt earlier this month that his agent had been in contact with the team about a potential return to Seattle.
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.
SiriusXM NFL Radio first reported Seattle’s offer to Freeman.
Hyde, 29, has just started a 1,070-yard career career with the Houston Texans. He has worn 245 times, also a career high, and scored six touchdowns in his only season with Houston. The second round pick of 2014 has already played for the 49ers, Browns and Jaguars.
NFL Network first reported on the Seattle-Hyde talks.
General Manager John Schneider told KJR-AM in Seattle earlier this month that Carson (hip) should be ready by week 1, but that Penny’s recovery from reconstructive knee surgery could marginalize him. -of the. Penny tore her left ACL and suffered additional knee damage in week 14 of last season.
Schneider said that Penny would “really have a hard time” coming back with cuts to the roster, which take place the weekend before the first game. The Seahawks believe there is a good chance that Penny will have to start the season on the physical list, in which case he will miss the first six games.
The rest of the Seahawks backfield consists of Travis Homer, a second-year pro, and three rookies: DeeJay Dallas (fourth round), Anthony Jones (UDFA) and Patrick Carr (UDFA).
The Seahawks open the 2020 regular season against the Falcons in Atlanta.