SEATTLE – He’ll have to Wreck It in New York now.
Running back Thomas Rawls signed a contract with the New York Jets on Friday, ending a three-year stretch with the Seattle Seahawks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport both reported the news, though neither had details on the length or amount of the contract. The Jets, and Rawls himself later confirmed the news.
Rawls tweeted out a goodbye.
“As I embark on a new journey, I wanna thank the all amazing men and my teammates who I’ve shared blood, sweat, and tears with these past 3 years in Seattle. They are men of great character, accountability, passion, respect, fight, perseverance, and men of God. My time in Seattle has been so heartwarming, especially as someone who comes from the North Side of Flint, Michigan, a place where life is a daily challenge!
“Thank you to Pete Carroll my first NFL HC, John Schneider, and Paul Allen for allowing me and my family to be a part of an amazing organization and community in Seattle that I will forever cherish. Century Link Field will always be a special spot! I had so much fun and we’ve accomplished so much: crazy endings, broken records, and finishing games when we all was in belief.
“I wanna thank the fans, my 12s, you guys mean so much to me. Your love, motivation, support, and energy will be with me every step of the way. To the youth who look up to me and keep me going, I want you to know that you matter, you are enough, you are worthy, you are fighters, and from afar we will continue to grow.
“I wanna thank all my coaches from offense, defense, and special teams. Thank you to all the people—janitors, nutritionists, chefs, security, front office, and many more—everyone played a huge role in my life and helped not just my career but you make me a better man. Those who know me know that I will continue to persevere and grow through any challenges that come my way. I’m accepting a new challenge in life to elevate myself as a person and teammate. I will keep that fire 🔥 and the emotions for this game I truly love in my heart and spread them with this big smile and run with a little more love 😉!! Thank you, Seattle Seahawks, for an amazing Journey. 🚂🚂🚂 T. Rawls🚂🚂🚂”
Despite some promising starts for the Seahawks, Rawls was frequently injured and never lived up to the team’s hopes that he’d evolve into the starting back.
His best season came his rookie year, when he carried the ball 147 times for 830 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games.
Last year, he started only three times, running the ball 58 times for 157 yards and no touchdowns.