The Seattle Seahawks are signing Rashaad Penny to a one-year, $5.75-$6.5 million contract, according to Ian Rapoport. If you read this morning’s mock draft post, then you know this means I’m obligated to pay my belief to the Seahawks writer who alleged it would probably happen. Congratulations, Corbin.
The contract is roughly what I had predicted, mine was just for two years and $12 million. This contract just doesn’t have the fake year. I had pegged Penny as one of Seattle’s five free agent priorities this offseason and this signing doesn’t come as a surprise to me; no team could give Rashaad Penny a better chance to inflate his value in 2023 than the Seahawks could.
My other predicted re-signings were Sidney Jones (done), Quandre Diggs (done), Gerald Everett (wrong TE, right contract value), and Rasheem Green, who remains unsigned.
If you peg Penny at $6.5 million, then Penny becomes the eighth-highest paid running back of 2022. I had also noted that I believe Chris Carson will be cut or traded once Penny was secured, and Carson is currently slated to carry a $6.1 million cap charge. I do not expect the Seahawks to have two $6 million running backs. However, in this morning’s mock draft, I did have Seattle selecting a running back in the second round of the draft.
This signing does nothing to change that.
Penny was the NFL’s most dominant running back down the stretch and 2022 will be his first opportunity to be a dominant running back in Week 1… if he stays healthy. But Pete Carroll can’t be done doing what he needs to do to make that happen. Seattle hasn’t signed Trent Brown and La’El Collins seems to be leaving Cincinnati without a contract.
Once Carroll signs a tackle, I expect him to draft a tackle or center to complete his 2022-2023 rebuild of running the ball better than any team in the league. Sign up for premium and take a look at how I did that with a tackle, center, and running back in three of the first four picks with this morning’s mock.
Here is some what of else I’ve posted in the last three days, ICYMI:
How much money the Seahawks save 2022-2026 by trading Russ/drafting QB
From 0-17 to 17-0: Previewing the entire spectrum of Seahawks 2022 records
How would you sum up how the Seahawks re-signing Rashaad Penny makes you feel in one sentence?
Glad it's done. Stay healthy my son. We still need a 3rd dynamic back to be the best running team in football. It's not hard to miss 4 games which would only leave one stud. I suggest draft for sure, but also sign Mac or someone like him. Look at what Mixon did for the Bengals because I think he played ever game.
It's the right move. He said Adrian Peterson taught him a bunch. Peterson arrived and Penny started running to his potential. Bring Peterson back as an entry level coach. Keep things running along.