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Thomas Rawls will have competition in Seahawks backfield

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While the Seattle Seahawks needed Marshawn Lynch to retire to free up salary cap space, it’s left them with an incredibly thin backfield behind presumed starter Thomas Rawls.

Rawls and futures contract signing Cameron Marshall are the only two running backs of any kind currently under contract with Seattle for the 2016 season. Bryce Brown, Fred Jackson and fullback Will Tukuafu are all unrestricted free agents while Christine Michael and fullback Derrick Coleman are restricted free agents.

Rawls is also coming off a broken ankle that ended his rookie season after 830 yards and four touchdowns in seven starts replacing an injured Lynch.

While Rawls showed special qualities as a rookie and the Seahawks believe he will be ready for the start of training camp, they aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket either.

“He definitely has the talent to (take over for Lynch), but we’re going to get a couple people in there to compete with him,” general manager John Schneider said Wednesday. “And he’s recovering from a significant injury as well too. He’s a fun kid and a really talented guy. I just can’t tell you that (he’ll succeed) right now. I’d go to (Las) Vegas if I could tell you that.”

Rawls is certainly the leader in the clubhouse for the job. He flashed an explosive ability that included a 209-yard effort against the San Francisco 49ers. But even with Rawls’ success, the Seahawks will need to replenish their backfield.

Head coach Pete Carroll expressed a desire to bring back Michael after a strong finish to the season in relief of Lynch and Rawls. But even then, they’ll need a couple rookies (drafted or otherwise) and perhaps a veteran addition to provide depth and competition in camp.

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13 Responses to “Thomas Rawls will have competition in Seahawks backfield”
  1. seatownballers says: Feb 25, 2016 12:03 AM

    Good. Seattle needs to draft one as well as retaining C.Michael.
    Rawls is the new beast. Just heal up before August

  2. bartpkelly says: Feb 25, 2016 12:10 AM

    He led the league in average didn’t he?

  3. squared80 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:24 AM

    Oh, so an NFL isn’t going to start the season with just 2 RB’s on the roster? Great insight here. Almost worth the read.

  4. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Feb 25, 2016 12:53 AM

    Yeah? So you’re saying with their top 2 backs from last year injured or retired, the Seahawks will…. possibly…. do something about it during the offseason? WHOA.

    Will he be Traded For, like Marshawn? Will he be Drafted, like CMike? Will he be Undrafted, like Rawls? Will he spring forth fully formed from the skull of a titan, like Zeus?

    Sadly, the article does not say, we are left in the dark with only conjecture to keep us warm.

  5. tootitan says: Feb 25, 2016 12:54 AM

    Chris Johnson would be a great addition and a good change of pace.

  6. sidepull says: Feb 25, 2016 8:09 AM

    Alfred Morris FA to be.

  7. tap79 says: Feb 25, 2016 9:40 AM

    Rawls will go all pro this season… The kid is an absolute beast with amazing talent.. Excellent find… However there will always be competition at the Seahawks that is Petes modo and always will be… If they can come up with a great #2 the duo would be unstoppable… Who knows maybe Michael will start to flourish like we all hoped and wanted…

    GO HAWKS!!!
    #Dynasty

  8. bobnelsonjr says: Feb 25, 2016 9:51 AM

    The Seahawks can always use another street racer.

  9. swyrlpr says: Feb 25, 2016 10:57 AM

    It’s a silly headline if you know anything about Pete Carroll. Every position (outside of QB at this point) requires the players to compete for playing time. They even have one day a week dedicated to it during the season which in my opinion is one of the reason’s they have been able to find so many diamonds in the rough.

    That said, I don’t see anyone on the radar that I think will beat Rawls for the #1 spot based on how strong he performed in Lynch’s absence. However, anything could happen, for example if Michaels learns how to pass block, he could push Rawls for that #1 spot.

  10. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Feb 25, 2016 11:01 AM

    Davonte Booker, RB Utah, in the 2nd round.

  11. omeimontis says: Feb 25, 2016 12:47 PM

    Has Marshawn Lynch actually announced that he will retire? All we have is a tweet with a pair of sneakers hung from a wire. I see that kind of thing on many city streets in some cities.

  12. omeimontis says: Feb 25, 2016 12:53 PM

    The Sea Squawks have a lot of unrestricted free agents. They can probably free up more cap space if they allow some of them to leave. The departure of Russell Okung ($7 mil.), Brandon Mebane ($5 mil.), and Bruce Irvin ($3 mil.) can free up a chunk of cash to re-sign unrestricted free agents like RG JR Sweezy, CB Jeremy Lane, C Patrick Lewis, and DT Ahtyba Rubin. These players will get raises or they may be lost to other teams.

  13. fissilemissile says: Feb 25, 2016 5:49 PM

    Lynch’s agent confirmed to the Hawks of his retirement.

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