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

Seahawks offer to running back Devonta Freeman was worth up to $4M

The Seattle Seahawks and running back Carlos Hyde have reached an agreement on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday. Freeman could change his stance depending upon how many other offers he receives.

Freeman, who turned 28 earlier this year, had three years and $21m (£17.21m) remaining on his contract when he was released by the Falcons on March 16, two years into a five-year deal. Freeman is also an excellent receiver, having caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 touchdowns during his six-year career.

Playing one of the most physically demanding positions in football, it's wise of the veteran running back to take his time and get the best offer and situation in order to make the most of his next opportunity.

The Seahawks lost starter Chris Carson (hip) and backups Rashaad Penny (ACL) and C.J. Prosise (broken arm) to season-ending injuries in December.

Hyde spent four seasons with the 49ers, who drafted him in the second round of the 2014 draft, before stints in Cleveland, Jacksonville and then Houston the last two seasons.

Freeman, who was released by the Atlanta Falcons earlier this offseason, has a history of knee problems.

Freeman earned a contract that made him the highest-paid running back in the National Football League at the time in 2017 in the wake of Atlanta's run to the Super Bowl in 2016, a season in which he was named to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.

In seven seasons, Hyde has rushed for 4,370 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt. Coach Pete Carroll said the procedure to fix the injury was "more than just a normal ACL" surgery.

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