The offer, according to NFL Network’s Mike Silver, was worth up to $4 million. That gave further context to the original report, courtesy of Adam Caplan, who had reported Seattle’s offer was below what Freeman wanted.
Man, @caplannfl is on fire @FantasyPts. Just said #Seahawks have made an offer to Devonta Freeman because they don't think Rashaad Penny will be ready for Week 1.— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) May 20, 2020
Freeman is asking for more than the offer. Seahawks holding their position.
Silver, after providing contract details for the Seahawks’ offer to Freeman, offered a new name: Seattle has also been in contact with another veteran free agent, former 49er tailback Carlos Hyde.
The Seahawks have also had conversations with free agent RB Carlos Hyde https://t.co/fuv6H2LDhs— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) May 20, 2020
Hyde, entering his age-30 season, is coming off a strong season with the Texans that saw him break the 1000-yard marker for the first time. Houston was Hyde’s third team in two seasons, having split 2018 between the Browns and Jaguars after departing San Francisco.
Hyde is fresh off a much better 2019 than Freeman, and the veteran could draw a contract in the same range as the former Falcon, after earning $2.8 million a year ago.
Though the Seahawks did not strike a deal with either tailback on Wednesday, it appears they are heading in that direction.