The Seattle Seahawks made free agency splash on Tuesday afternoon when it was announced that former Alabama RB Eddie Lacy was leaving the Green Bay Packers to sign with them instead.
And the buzz about the one-year deal quickly turned from “how does he fit with the perennial contender captained by Russell Wilson” to “how does he fit… into his clothes” after a report surfaced that Lacy weighed in at an alarming 267 pounds for one NFL team while seeking a deal in free agency.
RB Eddie Lacy visited Sea (his new team), Minn and GB in the last wk. For one of the three teams Lacy weighed 267. Listed last year at 234.
— Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) March 14, 2017
Seattle coach Pete Carroll stepped up and responded to those reports about his new running back during an interview with ESPN’s John Clayton on Seattle radio on Tuesday:
“Yeah, well, he’s a big back, John,” Carroll replied. “He’s a big guy, you know? And there ain’t nothing wrong with that. But there will be a real concerted effort to make sure he’s at his very best. This is a hard time for him because he’s working some rehab right now, but he’s well aware of our expectations and the standards we’re setting and that’s all part of it.
“We would not have done this if we didn’t have a clear understanding of how we’re going to go forward. This is a big deal for him, you know, it’s a one-year contract for him. This is a chance for him to prove it and show where he is in the league in and how he fits in.”
Lacy’s NFL career has been a roller coaster, both on the scales and the stat sheet.
After busting into the NFL with a pair of 1,100-plus yard rushing seasons with the Green Bay Packers in 2013-14, Lacy has managed just 1,118 yards and three touchdowns during the last two NFL seasons.
An injury ended his 2016 campaign, but much of the talk leading into that season was about him losing pounds after playing at an unacceptable weight for the Packers during a sluggish 2015 effort.
There’s still a lot of time for Lacy to shed the weight as he recovers from his injury, but it will be an interesting to see the tale of the tape when he check during training camp for Seattle.