The Seattle Seahawks chose to upgrade the running back position during the 2018 NFL Draft. The team decided to take Rashaad Penny out of San Diego State with the 27th pick in the first round. It appears the Detroit Lions had their sights set on Penny as well during the draft.
According to NFL insider Jay Glazer, the Lions attempted to make a trade with the Seahawks for Penny after Seattle selected him at 27.
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The Lions are currently 23rd in the NFL in rushing yards as they have yet to break the 1,000-mark like more than half of the league has already heading into Week 11. However, Kerryon Johnson has played well at times as he has rushed for 554 yards and two touchdowns thus far.
As for Penny, in Week 10 against the division-leading Los Angeles Rams, the Seahawks finally saw their rookie running back have a breakout game after struggling to make an impact throughout the first half of the NFL season.
Rashaad Penny had yet to make an impact in his first season due to limited carries with Chris Carson getting the ball the majority of the time out of the backfield. However, the matchup against the Rams was a different story as he took full advantage of his 12 carries by rushing for 108 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will end up regretting not making the deal with the Lions. It may turn out that both sides end up with talented backs which stay with the franchise for quite some time.