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The Seattle Seahawks Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Jason Schandl
The Seattle Seahawks should trade this player away while they can still get a decent return for him.
The Seattle Seahawks should trade this player away while they can still get a decent return for him. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks haven't won the NFC West since 2016, as both the Los Angels Rams and San Francisco 49ers have emerged as top-level teams since then. They've stayed competitive, but if they want to remain in the conversation as one of the top teams in the NFL, Seattle needs to continue building with a long-term outlook.

That's why trading Chris Carson would make a ton of sense.

Carson's been a great producer in Seattle, rushing for at least 1,100 yards and 7 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. He's also carried the ball 525 times in that stretch, though, so his efficiency hasn't been anything special. He also hasn't showed a ton of value as a receiver, not yet cracking 500 career receiving yards.

Ultimately, that makes him pretty replaceable. The Seahawks brought in Carlos Hyde, who just rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 carries in 2019. That's not quite as efficient as Carson, but in an offense that should be featuring Russell Wilson as the primary threat, a slight drop-off is not a big concern. There's also Rashaad Penny, who was off to an even more efficient start than Carson before suffering a season-ending injury last year.

On top of all that, Carson is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season anyway. There's no guarantee he'll be back, and the Seahawks would be better off not paying for an expensive extension at the running back spot.

Getting what they can in return for Carson now would be a savvy long-term move for the Seahawks, who should be looking to shift to a more pass-heavy approach after ranking third in the NFL in adjusted yards per pass attempt (8.6) in 2019 anyway.

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