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Seahawks first-round pick Rashaad Penny signs rookie deal

Rashaad Penny, Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks decided to address their running game with their selection of former San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny with the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft.

With the start of training camp just around the corner, the Seahawks have taken care of some business by inking Penny to his four-year rookie deal, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

Another first-round pick is under contract as the Seahawks announced they signed running back Rashaad Penny, the 27th overall selection.

Penny is coming off an impressive 2017 season where he finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy after leading the nation with 2,248 rushing yards along with 23 touchdowns that also helped him secure a First-Team All-American and All-Mountain West honors. Although much of his production came in the running game, he was also a factor as a receiver with 19 receptions for 135 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown receptions.

The 22-year-old has an opportunity in front of him to possibly secure the starting job after the Seahawks struggled last season. The team has a strong need to address the running game after finishing with the 23rd-best rushing attack in the league this past season totaling just 1,629 rushing yards. In fact, Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson leading the team with 586 yards while recording three of their four rushing touchdowns. The only other rushing touchdown came from J.D. McKissic in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Penny will likely be in line to compete for the starting job against the likes of Mike Davis and C.J. Prosise in training camp on through possibly the preseason. He could quickly prove to be all-around talent that is the missing piece that the Seahawks need to bring much-needed balance to the offense help push them back into the playoff picture in the 2018 campaign.