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The Seattle Seahawks have released running back Christine Michael, as running back Thomas Rawls is ready to return from injury and running back CJ Prosise put together an impressive performance in Sunday night’s road win against the New England Patriots.
Michael, 26, is in his 4th NFL season. He has played for 2 teams over that span, the Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys. So far this season, he has played in 9 games and carried the ball 117 times for 469 yards (4.0 average yards per carry) and 6 rushing touchdowns. He has also caught 20 passes for 96 yards (4.8 average yards per reception) and 1 receiving touchdown.
Over his 4-year NFL career, Michael has played in 31 games and carried the ball 223 times for 966 yards (4.3 average yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns. He has also caught 24 passes for 124 yards (5.2 average yards per reception) and 1 receiving touchdowns.
Michael’s career highs in an NFL season are 10 games played (2014 with the Seahawks), 117 rush attempts (2016 with the Seahawks), 469 rushing yards (2016 with the Seahawks), 5.1 average yards per carry (2014 with the Seahawks), 6 rushing touchdowns (2016 with the Seahawks), 20 receptions (2016 with the Seahawks), 96 receiving yards (2016 with the Seahawks), 4.8 average yards per reception (2016 with the Seahawks; only season that qualifies), and 1 receiving touchdown (2016 with the Seahawks).
Despite the fact that Seattle’s starting running back Thomas Rawls is returning from injury and CJ Prosise is a very capable backup, the Seahawks releasing Christine Michael is an extremely stupid move. Michael has proven that he is a solid running back so far this season, so for the Seahawks to let him go for nothing is not a smart move. After all, with Rawls’ injury history, the Seahawks should have kept Michael to pair with Prosise in the event that Rawls were to go down again. Even if Rawls is still healthy, keeping Michael would make the Seahawks’ running back corps one of the if not the deepest in the NFL.