The Seahawks and Carson agreed to a contract Friday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. With his return to Seattle settled, Carson again will rise to the top of the running back depth chart. He posted back-to-back seasons with at least 1,300 yards from scrimmage and exactly nine touchdowns in 2018 and 2019, but an injury-plagued campaign last fall limited him to 968 total yards and nine more scores in 12 games. Carson will look to get back to his form from a few years ago in 2021.
Carson isn't getting a franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Carson now becomes an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year March 17, unless the Seahawks sign him to a contract before then. Having made it this far without an extension or franchise tag, he likely will want to see what's available on the open market.
Carson rushed 16 times for 77 yards and caught one of two targets for five yards in Saturday's 30-20 wild-card loss to the Rams. The Seahawks' offense struggled to move the chains Saturday, but Carson was running hard once again, averaging 4.8 yards per carry. The 26-year-old running back had a down year as the Seahawks shifted to a more pass-heavy scheme than before. Carson rushed 141 times for 681 yards and five touchdowns over 12 games and 37 receptions (46 targets) for 287 yards and four touchdowns. His 4.8 yards per carry was a career high. The 2017 seventh-round pick is set to be an unrestricted free agent in March. His performance makes a strong case for him to be re-signed by the Seahawks. The fact that Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer (knee) failed to produce this year helps Carson's cause as well.
Carson (foot) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's wild-card matchup with the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. Carson's practice reps were capped this week, the result of load management. After sitting out Tuesday and logging a limited session Wednesday, he's set to lead the Seahawks backfield yet again this weekend. Since returning to action Week 12 after four games missed due to a mid-foot sprain, Carson has averaged 15 touches for 83 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three TDs over six contests.
Carson (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Carson upgraded his participation after sitting out of Tuesday's practice. For both practice sessions, he was designated with a "load management" tag to go along with the foot injury. The fourth-year running back has logged limited practices ever since returning from a foot sprain Week 12, but he's on track to play in Saturday's wild-card game against the Rams. Carson has averaged 16 touches and 87.8 yards from scrimmage per game over the past five weeks, scoring two touchdowns in that stretch.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
|7||10/25||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|10||11/14||@Green Bay Packers||27||20.33|
|12||11/29||@Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|13||12/05||San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|15||12/19||@Los Angeles Rams||5||14.56|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||222||1021||7||31||239||2||175|