NFL Rumors: Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll reportedly reached out to Giovani Bernard
NFL Rumors: Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll reportedly reached out to Giovani Bernard, who originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Shortly after his release from the Cincinnati Bengals, Giovani Bernard found a home with an NFC contender. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to a contract with Bernard and he will serve Tom Brady as a key pass catcher off the field.
But the Bucs weren't the only team trying to get him. The Seattle Seahawks appear to have made serious efforts to bring Bernard to his knees.
According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, a source told her that the Seahawks had "recruited" Bernard, and that effort included pitches from Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson.
This will seem strange to many considering the Seahawks have already invested a lot in their back room. They have re-signed Chris Carson this off-season, signed Rashaad Penny from the first round for another year, and recent draft picks Travis Homer, DeeJay Dallas and Alex Collins on the depth map.
Bernard would certainly have provided different skills than most of these players. He has averaged 48 catches, received 399 yards, and two TDs for every 16 games he has played during his career. He's likely the group's best recipient and would be more proven than any non-Carson player on the roster.
Even if the Seahawks believe Homer or Dallas are the best RB of the future, it might make sense to include Bernard in that role as they progress.
Or maybe Wilson just wanted him. Much has been done this off-season about adding better blockages and guns around Wilson, and his call clearly means he liked the prospect of adding Bernard.
Whatever the reason, it's controversial now because Bernard signed with the Bucs. But it will be worth watching the Seahawks in the RB market. Maybe they could sign a back if there's another passport catcher to compliment Carson.
In any case, it doesn't seem like Seattle is done building up its offense.
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