The Seahawks and Michael agreed to a contract Thursday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports. Michael split time between the Cowboys and Seahawks in 2015, ultimately racking up 54 carries for 243 yards and three catches (on five targets) for 16 yards across eight games. With his knowledge of Seattle's running scheme in the back pocket, he can safely be penciled in as Thomas Rawls' (ankle) primary backup at this point in the offseason.
Michael was not given a qualifying offer by the Seahawks and is an unrestricted free agent, the Seattle Times reports. Michael played for three teams last season, beginning and ending the year with the Seahawks. His second go with the Seahawks was a bit more promising. He could end up back in Seattle this season.
Michael rushed for 70 yards on 21 carries and added a 14-yard catch in Sunday's victory over the Vikings. During the first three-quarters of the game, when not much was working for Seattle, Michael and Russell Wilson found some success by attacking the edge's of Minnesota's defense with zone-read looks. In his four games, including the playoffs, with Seattle this season, Michael has tallied at least 84 total yards three times. The biggest factor dictating his value against Carolina's fourth-ranked run defense next week will be Marshawn Lynch's availability. Lynch was set to start if he was healthy this week, but will Seattle ride the hot hand with Michael even if Beast Mode is ready to go?
Michael ran for a career-high 102 yards on 17 carries and failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 36-6 win at Arizona. After a nice 84-yard performance in Week 14 against Cleveland, Michael had struggled the last two weeks against better defensive units. That mini trend was surprisingly broken Sunday, however, as Michael put up a career-best outing against a strong Cardinals' defense. He ripped off an impressive 45-yard run in the first quarter, and had a shot at a short TD later during that drive, but was stuffed at the goal line. Bryce Brown ended up scoring on the possession, but he was completely shut down in general, finishing with 10 carries for just 20 yards. Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is close to a return, so both Michael and Brown will likely head back to a reserve role for the playoffs, although it's really been the Russell Wilson show over the last two months anyway.
Michael had six carries for just six yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Rams. In a tougher matchup than last week against the Browns, Michael struggled to get much going, although the Seahawks could not commit to the run as they trailed throughout. Meanwhile, Bryce Brown was also ineffective Sunday, rushing for just nine yards on seven carries. Assuming Marshawn Lynch (abdomen) is not available next week in the regular season finale at Arizona, expect Michael to see meaningful work.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|3||09/25||San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|4||10/02||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|8||10/30||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||5||14.00|
|12||11/27||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|14||12/11||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|15||12/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|17||01/01||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|3 Year Avg||35||166||0||1||9||0||16|