Eddie Lacy made the hard decision to part ways with the Green Bay Packers. He will be playing for the Seattle Seahawks next season. Lacy and the Seahawks agreed on a one-year deal this off-season.
His deal even includes a $385,000 bonus, according to ESPN. Lacy may have to put in some work to earn that bonus. That bonus may be tied to his weight, it could be all the incentive Eddie Lacy needs.
Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll spoke on Tuesday on what he would like to see out of Lacy by next season. Carroll said that he would like to see Lacy around the 240s. He continued to say, “I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong.”
His goal this off-season is simple, get tough and strong. He needs to help bring Carroll’s vision to life. Lacy may not have a million reasons to do so but he has $385,000 reasons to hit his target weight.
Carroll also said, “But I want him in the best shape so that he can run at his best and be durable and handle the load” Lacy might be fairly close to the 240s, but it will require some effort on his part through the remainder of the off-season. In his last free agency visit, he was a little far, but still within reach.
He weighed in at 267 pounds during one of his recent free-agent visits. That would mean he is roughly 20-27 pounds over the number the Seahawks are aiming for. There is hope for Lacy.
The former Packers running back has reportedly been limited in what he can do due to a season-ending ankle injury. He should be getting back to 100 percent soon, he suffered that ankle injury all the way back in Week 6. Seattle may have high expectations out of Lacy if they were still willing to sign him to their team, knowing he was coming off an injury-plagued year.
Seattle still paid the price. Lacy’s deal with the Seahawks is believed to be worth $5.5 million. That deal includes at least $2.8 million guaranteed. If he can deliver in performance it will be worth it for the Seahawks.
Lacy was a second round pick in the 2013 draft. He started off his NFL career running for over 1,100 yards in back to back seasons. He was even named NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013.
Since then he has had some road blocks. In his 2015 season, Lacy ran for just shy of 800 yards. His numbers have been down a few frames, but he is working hard towards getting them back up.
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Commentary by Cody Macleod