Devonta Freeman turns down Seahawks' initial contract offer

Ross Houston
May 23, 2020

That sort of dollar figure may be more in Seattle's range, especially since the Seahawks aren't looking for someone to take over as a starter with Chris Carson expected back from a hip injury. Freeman reportedly received a 1-year, $4 million contract from the Seattle Seahawks, which he rejected. The Eagles have also expressed interest.

A 1,000-yard rusher found a home Friday after two months as a free agent. He led the league in rushing touchdowns with 11 in 2015 and replicated that total the following year.

Freeman, 27, was released by the Atlanta Falcons on March 16.

The 28-year-old Freeman, meanwhile, has been a free agent since the Atlanta Falcons released him in March with three years and $21 million remaining on his contract. Freeman missed 14 games with knee, foot and groin injuries in 2018. He gained 656 yards and scored two touchdowns on 184 carries 2019.

The running back signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 before being traded to the Houston Texans just before the start of the regular season. Perine could use a year to develop, but adding Freeman to the running back room would make things awfully crowded.

Hyde projects more as an early-down running back, but he did catch 59 passes in 2017 so he would have some ability to handle the third-down/two-minute role if needed as well. It's tough, however, to see where he would fit into Adam Gase's offense with the presence of Le'Veon Bell, who thrives as a receiver, and Gore, who has made a career punishing defenses running between the tackles.

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