After three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, it looks like next year could be Rashaad Penny’s last in Seattle. According to a report by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Seattle Seahawks are expected to decline Penny’s fifth-year option.
The #Seahawks are expected to decline the fifth-year option for RB Rashaad Penny, source said. He played just three games last year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 3, 2021
Every first-round pick has a fifth-year team option included in their rookie contract, and now the Seahawks are expected to make the move everyone saw coming and move on from their 2018 first-round pick.
Penny was a highly scrutinized selection as Seattle took him with the 27th overall pick. For one, the pick was criticized due to the recent devaluation of running backs, and in addition was also rejected by many fans who would have preferred the team choose Sony Michel or Nick Chubb, both of whom were available at the time.
Through three seasons Penny has played in just 27 games and without starting a single game. His rushing totals include 161 carries for 823 yards and 5 touchdowns. Penny will be competing for time in a crowded Seahawks backfield behind Chris Carson with the likes of Alex Collins, Travis Homer, and Deejay Dallas.