Ex-49ers RB Carlos Hyde returns to the NFC West -- with Seahawks

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman turned down a recent offer from the Seattle Seahawks per numerous reports and the value of that potential contract has now come to light.

One source with knowledge of the situation indicated Friday that Seattle has made a final offer to Freeman that Freeman has indicated he won't accept, and that means the Seahawks may now be moving on to a more serious pursuit of Hyde. The veteran running back is looking for more money, however.

Houston acquired running back David Johnson in a March trade during which the team dealt four-time Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN. Even in a down season, though Freeman totaled over 1,000 all-purpose yards with 59 catches.

The Seahawks are also interested in free agent Carlos Hyde, who played for the Houston Texans in 2019.

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In Seattle, Hyde will serve as a backup to starter Chris Carson, who suffered a hip injury in December. Hyde was with the 49ers during head coach Kyle Shanahan's first season with the team in 2017.

The 28-year-old Freeman, meanwhile, has been a free agent since the Atlanta Falcons released him in March with three years and $21 million remaining on his contract.

If Freeman does eventually agree to terms with the Seahawks, he'll be returning to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for a matchup with the Falcons in Week 1.

Hyde rushed for a career-high 1,070 yards and six touchdowns on 245 carries through 16 games with the Texans last season.

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