The Seattle Seahawks made sure they solidified their running game by adding a veteran running back. Carlos Hyde seems to be their solution.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Friday Hyde and Seattle agreed on a one-year deal. The contract can be worth up to $4 million.
News spread this week that the team made a similar contract offer to free agent running back Devonta Freeman. The speculation is Freeman was wanting more money and would not accept $4 million as the offer. This most likely led to the Seahawks and Hyde agreeing on the deal.
Hyde had a resurgence in 2019 as he ran for a career high 1,070 yards while adding six touchdowns with the Houston Texans. Three out of six seasons he has ran for at least 900 yards and six scores. Since 2017, Hyde has bounced around four different teams including San Francisco, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and Houston.
Seattle’s Running Game Improves With Hyde
Last season, Seattle’s running game got major production from Chris Carson after running for 1,230 yards and seven touchdowns. Injuries became a problem at the end of the season resulting in Marshawn Lynch being signed to help the team’s postseason run.
Adding Hyde gives the team insurance in case injuries occur again. Rashaad Penny is still recovering from his ACL injury that might keep him out for the beginning of the season. Carson is also recovering from his season ending injury, but is expected to be okay by training camp.
Despite the team drafting DeeJay Dallas and having Travis Homer on the roster, Hyde makes sense to sign. The combination between Hyde and Carson will make for a strong running game. Both backs are powerful runners who are hard to take down at first contact. Seattle is showing they are ready to be a ground and pound running team.
Did the Seahawks Sign the Right Running Back?
The team essentially had two choices in running backs: Freeman or Hyde. Both backs are hard runners who would make good fits for the offense. The main difference between the two backs comes down to versatility. Freeman can make more of an impact in the passing game than Hyde can.
With that being said, Freeman was asking for too much money. His drop in production the last three seasons with Atlanta doesn’t make him worth $4 million. Hyde has had his up and downs the past couple of seasons, but bounced back nicely in 2019. He proved that money won’t keep him off the field.
Hyde is financially the better choice and a better producer on the field. He won’t feel the pressure of being an every down back with Carson in the loop. Expect Seattle to dominate on the ground with Hyde’s addition and take the pressure off of Russell Wilson.