BY SPNW Staff 12:16PM 03/17/2016

Seahawks opt, belatedly, to re-sign RB Michael

The Seahawks failed to tender restricted free-agent running back Christine Michael March 9, but brought him back Thursday as an unrestricted free agent.

Christine Michael had the first 100-yard game of his career in 2015. / Drew McKenzie, Sportspress Northwest

The Seahawks Thursday re-signed running back Christine Michael, who became an unrestricted free agent after Seattle failed to tender him a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent March 9. Michael, 25, helped fill in late last season for Marshawn Lynch and rookie Thomas Rawls while they recovered from injuries.

Terms of Michael’s agreement have not been reported.

The Seahawks drafted Michael out of Texas A&M in 2013 (second round, No. 62 overall), but he never developed as the Seahawks hoped. After limited playing time in his first two seasons, Michael went to Dallas in September in a trade. The Cowboys cut Michael in November and he signed with Washington, which released him in December.

In a dire situation, the Seahawks brought backMichael. He appeared in three games, responding with 192 yards on 39 carries, including 71 yards on 20 totes in Seattle’s wild card victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Michael posted a career-high 102 rushing yards at Arizona Jan. 3 in the regular-season finale.

“I think he’s more humble than he was,” coach Pete Carroll said in January.”He’s just done a marvelous job in a very short time. We have nothing but the highest of expectations. This is a classic example of if you just keep hoping and you stay with it, and you give guys chances, that sometimes they come right through for you.”

With Lynch retired, Michael is currently slated to back up Rawls, recovering from a broken ankle.


Unrestricted free agents retained

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 9 Ahtyba Rubin DL 2.6M 3 years, $12M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 Jeremy Lane CB 660K 4 years, $23M, $11M guaranteed
Mar 10 Jermaine Kearse WR 2.3M 3 years, $13.5M, $6.3M guaranteed
Mar 11 Jon Ryan P 1.5M 4 years, $10M (1M annual raise)
Mar 16 Christine Michael RB 208K Contract details not disclosed

Unrestricted free agents lost

Date Player Pos New Team New Deal
Mar 9 Bruce Irvin LB Raiders 5 years, $37M, $19M guaranteed
Mar 9 Brandon Mebane DT Chargers 3 years, $13.5M, $5.5M guaranteed
Mar 9 J.R. Sweezy G Bucs 5 years, $32.5M
Mar 9 Ricardo Lockette WR None Seahawks declined to offer, now FA

Remaining unrestricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary 2015 Season/Skinny
—– Russell Okung T 4.8M 2010 No.1, 15 starts, 2 in playoffs
—– Tarvaris Jackson QB 1.3M 33 in April, mopped up in 4 games
—– Michael Morgan LB 750K 14 games with 2 starts
—– Will Tukuafu FB 745K 14 games, 1 touchdown
—– Demarcus Dobbs DE 745K 11 games, no starts
—– Fred Jackson RB 870K 16 games, 2 rec. TDs

Unrestricted free agents added

Date Player Pos. ’15 Team New Deal
Mar 14 Bradley Sowell OL Cardinals 1 year for $1.5M
Mar 14 Sealver Siliga DL Patriots 1 year for $1.4M
Mar 15 J’Marcus Webb OL Raiders 2 years, $6.25M, $2.5M guaranteed

Restricted free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary New Deal
Mar 7 Patrick Lewis C 585K Tendered $1.67M
Mar 7 Cooper Helfet TE 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 9 Alvin Bailey G 585K Received no offer; signed with Clev.
Mar 9 Derrick Coleman FB 585K Seahawks declined to offer, now FA
—– Nick Moody LB 413K 3 games, no starts

Exclusive rights free agents

Date Player Pos. ’15 Salary Skinny
Mar 6 Eric Pinkins LB 180K Tendered; agreed March 15
Mar 7 DeShawn Shead DB 660K Tendered $760,000
Mar 8 Marcus Burley CB 510K Tendered $600,000
Mar 8 A.J. Francis DT 6.6K Tendered $600,000, signed
Mar 8 Jesse Williams DT 393K Waived; never played
Mar 9 Steven Terrell CB 600K Tendered
Mar 9 Moh. Seisay CB 333K Tendered

Additional Transactions

March 15: Released long snapper Clint Gresham, who had been with the Seahawks since 2010. Gresham signed a three-year, $2.7 million contract extension a year ago and his release will save $660,000 against the cap in 2016.


  • jafabian

    Smart move. No guarantee that Rawls will return at the level he was playing at before his injury. I thought Paul Richardson would return and he couldn’t. Also no guarantee Fred Jackson returns though I hope he does.

    • MacPhisto92

      wait, you want Fred Jackson back?? What on earth for?? He’s the slowest RB in the NFL. So painfully irritating to watch

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