RB - SEA
RB Chris Carson is signing a two-year, $14.625 million contract with the Seahawks. The deal includes $5.5 million guaranteed.
Carson became an unrestricted free agent during the offseason, but ends up back in Seattle on a two-year deal. He led the Seahawks backfield over the last four seasons, rushing for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns across 45 games. The 26-year-old RB was limited to 12 games in 2020 due to a mid-foot sprain. Carson is expected to be the Seahawks featured back and is a surefire RB2 in upcoming 2021 drafts. He’s currently 21st among all running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Mike Giradi of the NFL Network is reporting that the Patriots are in contact with free agent RB Chris Carson.
Carson became an unrestricted free agent when the Seahawks elected not to use the franchise tag on him. The Patriots are on a spending spree and “seem intent on adding at least one running back,” per Lombardi. Leonard Fournette is another running back the Patriots have reportedly expressed strong interest in. Carson led the Seahawks backfield over the last four seasons, rushing for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns across 45 games. Carson will test the free agent market, whether he signs with the Patriots remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network is reporting that the Seahawks are not expected to use the franchise tag on RB Chris Carson. He’s set to become a free agent.
Carson will become an unrestricted free agent after the Seahawks elected not to use the franchise tag on the 26-year-old running back. He’s been impressive as the Seahawks lead back over the last four seasons, rushing for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns across 45 games. Carson will test the free agent market and look to latch onto another team during the offseason. The Seahawks will now turn to former first round pick Rashaad Penny and fourth-round RB Deejay Dallas as Carson’s replacement.
Michael-Shawn Dugar with The Athletic is reporting that Chris Carson and the Seahawks are unlikely to work out a deal this offseason.
Carson has been an incredible value for the Seahawks over the last four years. Although his 2020 campaign was plagued with injuries, Carson racked up 2,381 rushing yards between 2018 and 2019 and developed a reputation as a hard-hitting bruiser. This year's franchise tag is expected to be $8.07M, over three times what Carson has made so far throughout his career. The former seventh-round pick has exceeded expectations so far throughout his career and will look to finally cash in as a free agent before the 2021 season. The Seahawks still have oft-injured first-rounder Rashaad Penny on the roster and second-year DeeJay Dallas. While the Seahawks may be comfortable with that duo in 2021, they may draft or sign another cheaper option this offseason.
Chris Carson rushed 16 times for 77 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for another five yards in a 30-20 loss to the Rams in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Carson saw 16 of 20 total RB carries against the Rams and operated as the feature runner, although he wasn't able to get much going against a stout Rams front seven. He'll be a free agent heading into the offseason, so it'll be interesting to see if the Seahawks decide to re-sign Carson for 2021 and beyond.
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