The Seahawks didn't tender Rawls a contract for the 2018 season Wednesday, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Rawls becomes an unrestricted free agent and will likely have to settle for a backup role or an opportunity to compete for a starting assignment at most wherever he lands next. He burst onto the scene with 830 rushing yards on 147 carries as an undrafted rookie in 2015, but was utterly ineffective (3.0 yards per carry on 167 totes) the past two seasons, never regaining his pre-injury form. The Seahawks also non-tendered Mike Davis, leaving only Chris Carson (ankle/leg), C.J. Prosise (ankle) and J.D. McKissic in the backfield.
Rawls had a miserable season, averaging 2.71 yards per carry, third lowest in the league among backs with at least 50 rushes.
Rawls was limited by an ankle injury in training camp, but that had little bearing on his awful season. The team gave up on him after a poor Week 10 showing when he rushed 10 times for 27 yards (one of two games with double-digit carries). Thereafter, he got just nine carries in the final seven games. Rawls hits the hole hard, but runs with too much impatience, seemingly trying to break off a long run on every carry. He is a restricted free agent, but the Seahawks are not expected to re-sign him.
Rawls is active for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, the Seattle Times reports.
Rawls was inactive last weekend against the Rams, but he's back in uniform in Week 16 to serve as the Seahawks' No. 3 running back behind Mike Davis and J.D. McKissic. Meanwhile, the team made veteran Eddie Lacy a healthy scratch Sunday.
Rawls (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Rams.
Mike Davis has taken a hold of the backfield, and with a banged-up defense, the Seahawks will only have two other running backs active in J.D. McKissic and Eddie Lacy. As a result, Rawls will take a seat for the fourth time this season.
Rawls ran for four yards on his lone carry during Seattle's 24-10 win over Philadelphia.
Rawls saw just three offensive snaps on Sunday and his carry didn't come until Seattle was nursing a two-score lead late in the third quarter. Rawls was a revelation when be broke out onto the scene in 2015, but injuries derailed 2016 and he's been lost in the shuffle this year. He has just two out of nine games with more than 50 total yards and has yet to score this season. With Seattle seemingly turning to Mike Davis, keep Rawls off your roster.
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