Hyde, who turns 30 in September, scored six touchdowns and ran for a career record of 1,070 yards on 245 races for the Houston Texans last season and played 16 games for the second time in his career.
However, he and fellow countryman Lamar Miller both struck a free agency, and the Texans later acquired David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals in a successful trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The Seahawks have been looking for a veteran from the start in free agency to strengthen their backfield with starter Chris Carson and first round pick Rashaad Penny 2018, both injured at the end of the season.
The Seahawks had offered Devonta Freeman a one-year contract, sources told ESPN. They switched to Hyde, who will be an early addition to Carson, at least until Penny’s return.
Penny is recovering from an operation to repair a torn ACL and other knee damage he suffered in December. The Seahawks believe there is a good chance that Penny will have to start the season on the physical list, in which case he should miss at least the first six games. Carson (hip) should be ready by week 1.
The rest of the Seahawks’ backfield is young, another reason Seattle was looking for a veteran. Behind Carson, Hyde and Penny, the Seahawks have second-year professional Travis Homer and three rookies: fourth-round pick DeeJay Dallas and undrafted free agents Patrick Carr and Anthony Jones.
Marshawn Lynch told Scott Van Pelt of ESPN earlier this month that his agent had been in talks with the Seahawks about a potential return to Seattle.
The Texans acquired Hyde from the Kansas City Chiefs last year in a cut-off trade in exchange for offensive lineman Martinas Rankin. Houston took the step a week after Miller tore his ACL in Houston’s third pre-game.
For the past three seasons, Hyde has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Texans.
He has totaled 5,079 yards and 35 touchdowns in six seasons.
Brady Henderson and Sarah Barshop of ESPN contributed to this report.