It continues to be a busy week in Seattle, as the team rushes to adjust their injury-depleted roster for a playoff push. With Thomas Rawls out for the season and Marshawn Lynch’s return yet unknown, the Seahawks cut back-up DuJuan Harris and re-signed journeyman Bryce Brown earlier this week. And now, today, the team announced that they have signed Christine Michael, whom Seattle once drafted, and had traded before this season.
Michael was originally drafted by Seattle in the second round of the 2013 Draft, and spent his two years with the team (2013-14) in a third-string role behind Lynch and Robert Turbin. In 14 regular-season games over those seasons, Michael received 52 carries and averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
On the eve of the season, the Seahawks traded Michael to the Dallas Cowboys for a conditional seventh-round pick. Michael appeared in five games for the Cowboys, averaging 3.4 yards per carry on 15 carries. Dallas waived Michael in mid-November, and he was almost immediately picked up to the practice squad of the Washington Redskins.
The Cowboys, coincidentally, had replaced Michael with his old teammate Turbin, who had briefly appeared for the Cleveland Browns earlier this season.
Considering that Michael was in training camp with the Seahawks for the third consecutive season this summer, his familiarity with the team’s offensive strategy could be a factor as the coaching staff decides which backs will receive carries in this Sunday’s game against the Browns.