Seahawks waive Christine Michael

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In a surprise move, the Seahawks have put their leading rusher on the waiver wire.

Christine Michael, who leads the Seahawks with 117 carries for 469 yards and six touchdowns, was placed on waivers today. That means he’s now available to any team that wants to claim him, at a very affordable price of about $280,000 for the balance of the season.

It’s unclear whether anything happened to make the Seahawks’ brass unhappy with Michael, or if they just figure that they’ll be better off going with C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls the rest of the season.

Michael was the Seahawks’ second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft. They traded him to Dallas in 2015, and he also briefly played in Washington before returning to Seattle last year. Now he’ll wait until tomorrow afternoon to see if anyone claims him, and find out what’s next for his NFL career.

64 responses to “Seahawks waive Christine Michael

  1. This move is a little hasty in my opinion. Prosise (while showing a ton of promise) has barely been healthy and has played one great game. Rawls hasn’t played at all this year and is obviously not in game shape yet. Half way through the season, Michael has almost 600 yards and 7 TDs. When Lynch was doing the same he was heralded in Seattle and around the league.

  2. You could hear it in the way coaches talked in the last 2 or 3 weeks. Cable specifically was on radio saying the running back wrong to the wrong hole 9 of their 12 running plays. He did also say the blockers missed blocks as well.

    Pete was talking about finishing runs and being physical. Michael even though he has burst and explosiveness, he tackles himself on nearly every run and is down at first contact. He actually broke 2 tackles against the Patriots and tripped himself dead at the line of scrimmage.

    Prosise looks like a weapon out there, Thomas Rawls is physical and looked special. Michael showed far more than Alex Collins so I bet there is way more to the story than just the field play.

  3. Good luck in Green Bay Christine, when Aaron is yelling at you on the sidelines for missing your assignment or droping a pass just remember it will all be over in early January.

  4. His body language Sunday night wasn’t good. He looked like he was moap-ing. Has zero special team value so not surprising. Rawls must be on the mend. Thanks for the hard work earning trust of the coaches, six TDs , and zero fumbles lost CMike. Good luck at your next stop. And there will likely be one.

  5. ariani1985 says:
    Rawls is absolute garbage, bad move!
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    Keep Dreaming! Pretty sure Rawls tore your team up for 200 yards….so I wouldn’t say he’s garbage. Definitely would rather have him than hyde.

  6. Not too shocking if you pay attention to the ‘hawks weekly. As mentioned above, Michael was losing favor weekly.

    He started the season slamming into holes – 1 cut and go – which is what the ‘hawks want. With each week, though, he regressed back to his dance and move and, his favorite, spin.

    It became obvious after week 5 that he was more the guy they released the first time and less the guy they saw to start the season.

  7. Numbers game with Rawls coming back. As an insufferable, annoying Notre Dame fan – I can promise you Seahawks fans that CJ Prosise will be a freaking gem for you. Really REALLY good player. Great Wide Receiver his Junior Yr, gets switched to RB and he proceeds to rush for 1500 yards. Seattle clearly wants to keep using him in that dual role as they used him against NE.

  8. The guy couldn’t keep his balance. He reminded me of a gopher looking to dive into a hole in the ground!

  9. There’s no skullduggery here: Pete churns the roster all the time. Michael’s been a total pro in his second stint with the ‘Hawks, but his star has been falling as he’s been finding fewer and fewer holes behind our inconsistent line play. Rawls runs with a lot more abandon, and Prosise ran solidly on Sunday and is obviously more of a threat coming out of the backfield than Michael.

    Michael will certainly find a home somewhere, and if he gets behind a line that’s more cohesive, he’ll be successful as a Number 2 at least.

  10. lol…did I see ariani show his face? How’s that dumpster fire in Minnesota? Seriously, the implosion of the Vikings organization has given me immense pleasure so far. I think about fools like you when I’m watching them self destruct.

  11. thebirdofprey says:
    Nov 15, 2016 6:09 PM
    You could hear it in the way coaches talked in the last 2 or 3 weeks. Cable specifically was on radio saying the running back wrong to the wrong hole 9 of their 12 running plays. He did also say the blockers missed blocks as well.

    Pete was talking about finishing runs and being physical. Michael even though he has burst and explosiveness, he tackles himself on nearly every run and is down at first contact. He actually broke 2 tackles against the Patriots and tripped himself dead at the line of scrimmage.

    Prosise looks like a weapon out there, Thomas Rawls is physical and looked special. Michael showed far more than Alex Collins so I bet there is way more to the story than just the field play.

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    Well said sir

  12. I’m with theweedsthruthetrees on this. Although Michael has been a little underwhelming (except for one game), this seems like a risky move with 7 games to go. Michael knows the offense, and, if Rawls goes down again, or Prosise gets nicked, who do the ‘Hawks go to? Michael would have been serviceable, if not great; now they’re down to Alex Collins, a rookie who hasn’t looked great at all. I wonder whether there’s a story here that we haven’t heard.

  13. Something tells me that the humility that came from getting cut by Washington and Dallas evaporated and he started acting like the same entitled kid that came out of the draft. You know, the attitude that got him cut in the first place.

    He also has been running out of bounds and shying away from contact too much lately. It’s like his body can’t keep u with his feet and he tackles himself. There were a few things involved in this I’m sure.

    Another big one is the emergence of C.J. Prosise and how he laid the wood on that defender down the sideline instead of stepping out. The Hawks sideline erupted after that. Prosise has versatility that Michael doesn’t .

    The one head-scratcher is looking at Alex Collins. What’s up with him? Every time I see him run he’s like in slow-motion. I’m curious as to what the staff sees in Alex and anxious to see it as well myself.

    I think the Michael cut is about his attitude. He’s always been an entitled *#$& and that’s just now how Seattle rolls.

  14. As many said it’s no surprise the way he’s run lately. Dancing around then falling flat on his face without being touched.

    Too bad I liked his 2nd chance story but he was not producing and you can’t keep a running back on the roster that is just going to sit.

  15. No one was complaining last Saturday about this guy. Now that he is cut most seem to be experts and saw it coming. You may have seen a benching coming but a cut?

    There must be more than just numbers…but they did have to make room and they must like the potential of Collins more than than what they know they have in Michaels.

  16. Will a surprise to come so fast and not yet having Rawls active in game, this is not a surprise at all. Prior to the Pats game we were 30th in the league in the run with Michael as our #1 back. He barely touched the ball in the Pats game when we suddenly had a resurgent run game. In fact one of the few touches he had was a classic trip over your own feet move that has become his signature.

    While somewhat risky consider that we have 4 decent options at RB that all could be significantly better than Michael.

    Rawls: If healthy should be our primary back for downs 1 and 2.

    Prosise: Based on the Pats game and a few other spots, seems like he could be a backup for Rawls but otherwise would fit better in 3rd down or run/pass option plays that will give defenses fits (think David Johnson of the Cards or Anderson/Booker of the Broncos).

    Collins: Still not producing to his potential but should at least produce what Michael has.

    Troymaine Pope: Somehow, someway we managed to get Pope back to our practice squad after a stand out Preseason for us this year. Similar to Rawls in many ways, he could follow the same trajectory and come in if there is an injury to our top 3 options above.

    Remember Rawls became our starter last year after signing as an UDFA, we cut both Michael (the first time) and Turbin, and then Lynch went down with a hernia. Pope showed a very similar running style to Rawls/Lynch and could be given a shot if needed on a Cable coached O-line.

  17. I didn’t know Christine could be used as a dude’s name. I’ve heard of Stacey, Tracey, Leslie, Shannon, Rene and Dana, even Michelle. But never Christine. Maybe I need to crawl from up under the rock I’ve apparently been living under. lol

  18. Given how this went down – he is either a locker-room cancer or has a drug/legal problem on the verge of surfacing.

    Or he just won’t follow team rules.

  19. He just seemed to go back to being the same C Mike they cut. I know it’s not his fault the O Line play was bad, but running out of bounds and tripping yourself every other play was getting old fast. A RB shelf life is not long in the NFL if you avoid contact or not, might as well fight for every yard on every play.

  20. You could tell Pete had his fill the last few weeks. Ya gotta read between the lines with ole Pete…sometimes what he doesn’t say…good luck! He never seemed to like the kid.

  21. Rawls may be fragile….time will tell but…CJ Prosise is going to be a great back!! Michael Westbrook type back that can do it all!…well!….Seeks contact! Soft hands, runs with good power…good route runner…you watch!

  22. meaning cmike is still playing to not get wear and tear before he gets paid. it is smart.

  23. Well now that I know Pope is still with the team it just makes sense now. I wanted the team to keep Pope over Alex Collins this preseason. Pope was exciting Alex Collins not so much…

  24. He cant read a play book…..pretty obvious since he has bounced around the league…..read the play book, follow the blocks, hit the hole and go go…..

  25. Surprising to see a (likely) playoff-bound team, division leader, cut their leading rusher in week 12. This makes sense though, especially after hearing some of the backstory shared by other commenters.

    He’ll get a look from some teams, if only in hopes some of the Seahawks culture rubbed off on him. Hope he goes to an AFC team anyway.

  26. jaxon51 says:
    Nov 15, 2016 6:23 PM
    His body language Sunday night wasn’t good. He looked like he was moap-ing. Has zero special team value so not surprising. Rawls must be on the mend. Thanks for the hard work earning trust of the coaches, six TDs , and zero fumbles lost CMike. Good luck at your next stop. And there will likely be one.

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    Yeah, accept for the fumble he DID lose against the Rams that costed us a first down from the 11 yard line with a chance to win the game

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