Free agency reflections and other highlights from Seahawks season-end press conferences

RB Rashaad Penny

The end of Penny’s 2021 season has been one of the biggest highlights of a disappointing year. The former first-round pick who has battled injuries throughout his career has not only remained healthy in the last month and a half of the season, he has been the most productive running back in the league. NFL in the last five games, rushing for 135 yards or more in four games, including 190 yards against Arizona on Sunday and 170 yards a week earlier against Detroit.

“I think this is really the start of my journey,” Penny said. “It’s been a long time coming, it’s been frustrating, but these guys have supported me through it all. I’m really thankful to be around a great organization and they have shown that it doesn’t matter. ‘there was no surrender in me, they pushed me, and they kept pushing me, so I’m just thankful for what I did over the last month. “

The question of course now becomes what will happen with Penny in 2022. If he and the Seahawks don’t agree on a new deal before the start of the new championship year in March, Penny will become a free agent, and based on his recent play, he believed he had suitors. As with any free agent, there are a lot of business factors at play, but Penny is hoping he can return to Seattle and try to capitalize on a phenomenal end to the 2021 season.

Penny called Seattle home on Sunday and said he hoped to stick around, and asked about that sentiment a day later. months in small groups to close the season.

“It’s just the way they run business,” he said. “I’ve never been anywhere else, and I pray I haven’t, but that’s just the way they’ve handled it. Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve struggled with injuries, and they haven’t given me everything. just never gave up. I think it showed yesterday and all this month, that they continued to stay with me, to stay with me, and then finally they really believed in me that they were carrying the load for the RBs. with the few injuries we’ve had. So I’m grateful for that, and I really love this place. The training staff do an amazing job with us, the doctors and the girls, they really take care of us. I love being here. “

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