After three seasons in Seattle, running back Thomas Rawls is heading to New York, having signed with the Jets as a free agent on Friday.
Rawls joined the Seahawks as an undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan and made the team out of training camp as a backup to Marshawn Lynch. When Lynch went down with an injury, Rawls took over and proceeded to rush for more than 100 yards in two of his first three starts. Rawls' impressive rookie campaign, which also included a Seahawks rookie-record 209-yard performance against the 49ers, was cut short by a leg injury in Week 14, but not before he gained 830 yards on 147 carries, good for a league-best 5.6 yard-per-carry average.
Rawls returned from that leg injury in 2016, only to be sidelined by a second leg fracture. He did make it back from that injury during the season, and in Seattle's wild card playoff win over Detroit, Rawls set a franchise postseason record by rushing for 161 yards on 27 carries. Rawls struggled to find consistent playing time and touches in 2017, gaining 157 yards on 58 carries in 12 games.