Houston Texans: 3 Free agent running backs better than David Johnson

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Rashaad Penny, Running Back (Seattle Seahawks)

Who knows if Rashaad Penny is willing to join another team as the free agent could re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks when they can do so, but recent moves where Seattle traded starting quarterback Russell Wilson and releasing linebacker Bobby Wagner, the Seahawks could be moving in a different direction as they rebuild their franchise.

Penny in ’21 finished with 749 yards rushing on 119 carries. He averaged 6.3 yards per carry and rushed for six touchdowns. Penny also had six receptions for 48 yards. In four seasons with the Seahawks, Penny finished with 280 carries for 1,572 yards with 11 touchdowns. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry in those four seasons.

What is exciting about Penny is in four years he’s had some solid numbers with the amount of carries he’s had, and more than that, with fewer than 300 career carries in those four seasons there is a lot of football left in Penny and his NFL career. He’s once had a torn ACL in ’19, but he’s since recovered from that, and he showcased how good of a running back he is.

Penny would be a player the Texans would want to sign to a multi-year contract, and he would make the rushing game so much better than it was last season. In four of the final five games of the ’21 season, Penny had 100-plus yard rushing games, so that has to get the attention of the Texans because they had very big issues a season ago to gain 100-yard games on the ground.