Earlier this week reports emerged that the Seattle Seahawks had offered a contract to former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and that it would not be a surprise to see the two sides reach agreement on a contract. However, that was on Wednesday, and it’s now Friday, so of course the story has changed.
Hearing that the Seahawks' contract talks with Devonta Freeman have hit a standstill and that Carlos Hyde may now be a more realistic option to sign as a veteran running back. Seattle wants to add a veteran RB but doesn't want to break the bank to do so.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) May 22, 2020
So, now instead of Freeman, who turned 28 in March, the Seahawks may be leaning more towards Carlos Hyde, who is set to turn 30 in September. Hyde was a second round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 and spent four years with the Niners before seeing the field for the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans over the past two seasons. Hyde is the type of big, powerful back that Pete Carroll prefers, and it is not a surprise to see his name linked to Seattle.
Whether this means that Hyde and the Seahawks actually agree to a contract, or whether this is simply the Hawks negotiating with Freeman through the media is anyone’s guess. However, what does appear to be fairly evident is that the team will almost certainly be adding a veteran running back in the coming days or weeks.