The Seahawks re-signed running back Alex Collins on Wednesday, adding running back depth heading into an offseason in which two of the team's top backs from 2020 are set to become unrestricted free agents.
Collins, a 2016 fifth-round pick of the Seahawks, returned to Seattle last year after two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Collins spent most of the year on the practice squad, but was effective when given a shot, appearing in three games with one start, rushing for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, including a score that helped close out Seattle's Week 17 win over the 49ers.
"He's an excellent football player, and he looks quicker than ever," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after that win over the 49ers. "He looks quicker than ever and for him to go in there and finish that drive off, it was perfect. I'm really fired up for him and for us, of course. He's a good ballplayer, we love having him around."
Collins gives the Seahawks another veteran back with starting experience—he started 22 games over two seasons in Baltimore—prior to the start of the new league year, giving the Seahawks more depth to go along with Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas, who are all under contact in 2021. Both of last year's top rushers, Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde, are set to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins next month.