When former Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, it came as a blow to the Seattle Seahawks organization.
According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and QB Russell Wilson reached out to Bernard in an effort to get him on the roster. Obviously, it didn't work, but that goes to show how much the Seahawks valued the back's pass-catching abilities.
Fortunately for the Seahawks, there are still a few decent free-agent running backs that they can sign to work as Chris Carson's backup this season. Keeping that in mind, here are three running backs the team can still target after missing out on signing Bernard.
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3. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
If former New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead can bounce back from his season-ending knee injury, he could become a useful tool in the Seahawks' backfield. Like Bernard, Burkhead excels as a pass-catcher. In the last four seasons with the Patriots, he caught 75.6% of his targets for 856 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. Burkhead also showed that he can get involved in the running game when needed, racking up 1,026 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns since 2017.
2. Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants
While Wayne Gallman isn't primarily a pass-catching back, he showed last season that he can handle a bigger role when necessary. Throughout 2020, Gallman was practically the New York Giants' starter as Saquon Barkley missed most of the season. In 15 games, Gallman recorded 796 yards and 6 touchdowns. Considering how current Seahawks backs Carson and Rashaad Penny missed four and 13 games, respectively, last season, the organization could use Gallman's services if history repeats itself in 2021.
1. Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
When it comes to pass-catching running backs, not many are better than Duke Johnson. Since entering the NFL in 2015, Johnson has caught 307 of his 400 targets (76.8%) and converted that into 2,829 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson would work best on passing downs or as a change-of-pace back. There's no doubt he could quickly become one of Wilson's favorite targets if given the chance.
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