Source AP: Rashaad Penny back in Seattle on a one-year deal

SEATTLE (AP) — Running back Rashaad Penny is returning to the Seattle Seahawks after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The new contract will keep Penny with the team he played for for four seasons.

Penny can earn up to $6.5 million for the one-year contract, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team had not announced the deal. The deal was first reported by NFL Network.

Finally healthy for a long time, Penny was the NFL’s leading running back for the final month of last season. He rushed for 706 yards and six touchdowns over the past six weeks, showing the potential that made him a Seahawks first-round pick in 2018. Penny rushed for 100 yards five times during that streak and capped the season with a career-high 190 yards in the final against Arizona.

He finished the season with 749 yards rushing and averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Penny’s return reinforces what appears to be a return to Seattle’s run game philosophy after Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks are optimistic that running back Chris Carson will be able to return after neck surgery that saw him miss most of last season and can finally partner with Penny to have the kind of double-headed coach. racing threat that Pete Carroll wanted.

Penny, 26, had three difficult first seasons with Seattle, characterized by injuries and inconsistent performances. He broke a finger during his first training camp in Seattle, suffered an ACL tear in his knee at the end of the 2019 season and struggled with hamstring and calf issues at many times. Penny has played in just 37 of a possible 65 regular season games in four seasons.

But what he showed at the end of last season gave Seattle hope that something had changed. Penny ran with conviction and vision and was able to use her speed to interrupt big plays. He had 13 rushing plays for 15 or more yards in the second half of last season. Eight of them traveled at least 25 meters.

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