(2016 Cap hit = $530,000 in 2
of a 3-year deal)
Rawls fills a very important roster spot – second string running back on a team that prefers to run the ball as many times per game as humanly possible. What’s better is he has already shown the ability to step into the RB1 role and perform when given the opportunity (23 carries for 169 yds, 1 TD vs. Cincinnati). Pete Carroll has taken a liking to his approach both on the field and in the building, and is making a case for increased work not only in future years but even this season. He runs hard, breaks tackles, and shows just enough wiggle to be dangerous, as well as being willing to learn and contribute in pass protection.
If 2015 is Marshawn Lynch’s last season as a Seahawk – and it just might be – the team will certainly look for a high-end back to add to the roster, but there is comfort in knowing Rawls can carry the load if circumstances dictate. Fortunately for Seattle, he also comes extremely cheap for the next two years as an undrafted free agent with a contract running through 2017.