The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every team and the 2017 NFL Draft is over. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our newest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. It’s time for our 32nd and final installment of this series. Hence, the defending NFC West champions Seattle Seahawks are the final team to be in the spotlight.

RB Eddie Lacy

Blame it on what proved to be the temporary retirement of running back Marshawn Lynch (now a member of the Oakland Raiders), injuries to Thomas Rawls or the continued inconsistency of the offensive line. How about (D), all of the above? In any case, the Seattle Seahawks had major issues with their ground attack in 2016. Over the course of the previous four seasons, Pete Carroll’s club ranked third, fourth, first and third, respectively, in the league in rushing offense from 2012-15. This past season, only seven teams in the NFL gained fewer yards on the ground.

The defending NFC West champions are hoping they have rectified the problem a bit with the free-agent signing of former Green Bay Packers’ workhorse Eddie Lacy. The 2013 second-round draft choice from the University of Alabama has a pair of 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons on his resume. But injuries limited him to only five games this past season. The Packers made no real effort to bring him back and the ‘Hawks inked him to a one-year deal. He’ll team with Rawls, as well as 2016 rookies Alex Collins and C.J. Prosise.

Now the Seattle Seahawks have to hope they get better play from their offensive line, not only when it comes to run-blocking but protecting quarterback Russell Wilson as well. All told, this was a mediocre football team by the end of the season for any number of reasons. But things will be a lot better once Carroll’s club re-establishes that ground game.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

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