When Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement from the NFL we all realized that the Seahawks offense would not be the same, however, they were definitely underestimating Lynch’s impact. Without Lynch in the backfield the Seahawks struggled to run the ball. Top team rusher Christine Michael only had 469 yards for the year. As a unit, the team only had 1,591 rushing yards which includes quarterback Russell Wilson’s 259 yards.
Seattle made the playoffs playing in the not so great NFC West. They beat the Detroit Lion during Wildcard Weekend, however, they fell the next weekend to the eventual NFC Conference champions, Atlanta Falcons. The team went into the offseason knowing that it needed to address its lack of a run game.
Instead of waiting to see who falls to them in the draft, the team went out and signed a veteran back. The Seahawks signed former Packers running back Eddie Lacy to a one-year deal worth $5.55 million with $3 million guaranteed. Basically a deal for him to prove that he is still a valuable player despite some recent injuries. Lacy had a tough season last year. He was playing well to begin the season, but an ankle injury in week six kept him off the field. He shared the exciting news on social media.
— Eddie Lacy (@Lil_Eazy_Ana_42) March 14, 2017
The Seahawks may not be done adding running backs. The team is also hosting free agent Jamaal Charles tomorrow. Charles was let go by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason.