Imagine if you walked into work on Monday morning and weighed in at 253 pounds, and were promptly handed a check for $55,000. That’s reality for former Alabama RB Eddie Lacy.
The new Seattle Seahawks running back joined the team as a free agent earlier in the off-season, and part of the agreement was that Lacy get his weight in check. On Monday, the big, bruising back had a weigh-in with his team.
The goal? 255 pounds. The payout? $55,000.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Lacy checked in successfully. And at 253 pounds, he did so with two pounds to spare.
Eddie Lacy weighed in at 253 pounds today, two below the limit the Seahawks set: now collects $55,000 for it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2017
Per ProFootballTalk’s Darin Gantt, Lacy has seven weight clauses in the contract, with more money available to him beginning next month.
This is the first in a series of seven weight clauses in Lacy’s contract, and he can make more money by hitting prescribed targets in June, and then August through the end of the regular season.
Lacy must reach 250 pounds by his June weigh in, so he’s in pretty good shape to do that as well. His one-year deal with the Seahawks is worth $4.25 million, but only $2.8 million of that is guaranteed. The rest is built into incentives, like the one he reached today.
The former Alabama running back, who was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, struggled with his weight throughout at four-year stay with the Green Bay Packers. Lacy has 3,435 yards rushing in his pro career thus far.