Seattle Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls seemingly wore out his welcome after a terrific rookie season, and now he’s exploring his options elsewhere.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote on Friday that Rawls is visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, who are certainly no stranger to picking up former Seahawks players.
Another RB the #Seahawks did not tender: Thomas Rawls. He’s visiting the #Chiefs today, source said. He’s looking to recapture what he had a rookie.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2018
As Rapoport noted, Rawls was not tendered, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.
The 24-year-old Rawls was a major contributor in 2015, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and rushing for 830 yards before a fractured ankle ended his year. More injuries and inconsistent performances plagued him in 2016, but he did break Marshawn Lynch’s franchise playoff record for single-game rushing yards, gashing the Lions for 161 yards and a touchdown. Last season was a mess, as he only managed 157 yards on 58 carries, no touchdowns, and fell out of favor with the coaching staff, having been a healthy scratch in multiple games.
Kansas City’s lead running back is Kareem Hunt, who topped the rushing yards chart in 2017, but the depth chart could look different for them fairly soon. Ex-Seahawks RB Spencer Ware tore his PCL against his old team during preseason, which paved the way for Hunt to take his starting job. Ware is in the final year of his contract, as is Charcandrick West, so the Chiefs seem like a logical fit for Rawls to try and revive his career.
This news follows a report that Mike Davis, also not tendered, was scheduled to visit the Detroit Lions.