Seahawks Sign RB Carlos Hyde

The Seahawks are moving fast. Shortly after a report surfaced of a final offer going out to Devonta Freeman, the Seahawks will pivot to Carlos Hyde. The six-year veteran agreed to terms with the team on Friday, and the deal became official on Thursday afternoon, per a club announcement.

With Rashaad Penny‘s status uncertain, the Seahawks moved aggressively to bring in a veteran this week. They offered Freeman a deal that would have paid him $3MM in base value, with another $1MM available via incentives, but the longtime Falcons starter didn’t bite. Instead, Hyde will soon head west on a deal that will pay him up to $4MM, per Rapoport (on Twitter). It is not yet certain if the base value for Hyde — who also surfaced as a Seahawks target this week — will equal what Seattle offered Freeman.

Hyde is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. Since his 49ers exit, though, the former second-round pick has not enjoyed much stability. Hyde signed with the Browns in free agency in 2018, but the team traded him to the Jaguars. Jacksonville cut bait after the ’18 season, leading Hyde to the Chiefs. Kansas City then traded him to Houston, where he became the Texans’ primary ground-game option.

Despite a low-end contract, Hyde reeled off 1,070 yards (4.4 per carry) and six touchdowns. While Hyde has just one 1,000-yard season, he compiled back-to-back 900-plus-yard campaigns with the 2016 and ’17 49ers. Hyde turned down a Texans offer earlier this year.

The Seahawks still appear intent on keeping Chris Carson as their primary back, despite the fumbling troubles that plagued him last season, and invested a first-round pick in Penny two years ago. But they now have some insurance in Hyde, who will turn 30 in September. Such insurance may be necessary. Penny starting the season on the PUP list is a concern, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com tweets.

Hyde’s decision may drive the Eagles — who were also interested in Hyde — to ramp up talks with Freeman. Both the Jets and Eagles are believed to be in the mix for Freeman.

Another piece of fallout from this deal could mean Marshawn Lynch returns to retirement. Earlier this month, Seahawks GM John Schneider said another deal with Lynch remained possible. Seattle re-signed Lynch after both Carson and Penny went down late last season. The popular Seahawk played in the team’s regular-season finale and both playoff games.

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22 comments on “Seahawks Sign RB Carlos Hyde

  1. abssamanta

    Well, that’s the first domino to fall in the Eagles’ (and other teams’) pursuit for a vet RB signing lol. Good for Hyde. He’ll now get to play against his former team, San Francisco 49ers.

  2. Thronson5

    Huge fan of him still even after leaving the 9ers so this stings. I now have to hate the guy lol. Why can’t they sign Freeman damn it lol. Good pick up for them for sure

    • compassrose

      Most Seahawk fans don’t hate Sherman they find it funny how 49ers fans hated him now love him. Then the topper is he will sign a one day contract and retire a Seahawk. There are players the Seahawks have signed that I never cared for and didn’t all of the sudden love. Hoped they would play well but didn’t root for. Bennett was one not a fan.

  3. king beas

    Freeman is probably punching the air rn. Don’t see him getting over the 4mil he was offered

  4. Ramon Garciaparra

    Why do teams pay big bucks or waste high picks on rb’s when you can find 1,000 yard rushers available in June? Draft one every year on day 3 and combine with a veteran free agent signing in June. Good to go. Use resources elsewhere..

    • king beas

      That’s what a lot of the playoffs teams do. The ones that aren’t very good are the ones who spend 1st round picks on them and give them big money

  5. phenomenalajs

    I don’t know why the Jets are in the market for another RB. They didn’t bring back Bilal, at least not yet, who’s done everything they’ve asked when healthy for years. They’ve got Le’veon and Trenton Cannon. They drafted Lamichal Perine and brought in Frank Gore as a tutor for him. I just don’t see the need. There’s only one ball.

  6. bumpy93

    I know how I rosemond wants to roll over as much money into next year salary cap as possible because we’re so far over the salary cap limit but at some point he’s got to spend some money to post of the team in areas of need

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