Seahawks: 1 player who could be cut before the NFL Draft

Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)
Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks. (Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Seattle Seahawks need to free up some cap space and letting this player would be the fastest way to do so. 

As the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason continues, the status of Russell Wilson remains an anomaly. Will he be traded? Won’t he be traded? All very good questions with little answers.

That is for beyond 2021. Wilson will remain with the 12th Man for at least another year.

That doesn’t mean other Seahawks won’t be on the chopping block. And with the NFL Draft right around the corner, several names should be feeling the heat when it comes to knowing their status.

Seattle will enter April’s draft night without a first-round pick. Depth on the offensive line is essential to making Wilson happy. So if finding a replacement for Shaquill Griffin, who took the money and ran to Jacksonville.

For those positions, the names on the roster will have a chance to battle it out with new faces. However, thanks to the return of Chris Carson, the writing is on the wall for Rashaad Penny.

Before draft night, he should be on a new roster.

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Since being drafted out of San Diego State in the first round of 2018, Seattle has vowed they would make the former Aztec work. The problem with making someone work revolves around their health, an area Penny has seen his fair share of blunders.

Penny missed two games during his rookie season, rushing for 419 yards and an average of 4.7 yards per play. The average increased to 5.3 yards per play in 219, but his total yards diminished to 370 on the year. All that happened before a torn ACL late in 2019.

He returned last season for the final three games and only rushed 11 times for a mere 34 yards. In each season, Penny has finished third or lower on the team in rushing twice since entering the league. In 2019, Carson’s breakout season limited all runners to having any success.

The running back class is far from special in 2021 after the big three names, but a late-round addition gives the Seahawks a cheap option with more upside. Penny to this point has yet to compile 1,000 total rushing yards combined in three seasons.

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Carson’s lucrative extension shows he’s the workhorse moving forward. For Seattle, it’s best to call it a swing and a miss on Penny rather than flipping the coin and owing him another year salary.

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