Former Alabama RB Eddie Lacy agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and all anyone can talk about is his weight.
And for good reason. A report surfaced shortly after the signing claiming that one NFL team who was interested in Lacy’s services weighed him in at 267 pounds, which is more than 30 pounds over his listed playing weight for the Green Bay Packers in 2016.
According to a report from ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia, there’s a $385,000 bonus tied to his weight in his one-year contract, which is worth up to a reported $5.5 million including bonus opportunities.
While the report did not specify what the target weight for Lacy is to achieve the bonus, Seattle coach Pete Carroll may have provided a hint. During an interview with ESPN’s John Clayton on Tuesday, Carroll indicated that there “ain’t nothing wrong” with Lacy being a big guy, but did confirm that Seattle has a vision of getting him into better playing shape as he recovers from an injury that ended his 2016 season prematurely.
“I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong,” Carroll said during the interview. “But I want him in the best shape so that he can run at his best and be durable and handle the load — 235, that’s at the time he came out [of the draft], he was there.
“But he’s developed. Into his [240s], he’s really dangerous.”
After back-to-back disappointing years in Green Bay, the former Crimson Tide running back is looking for a chance to prove he still has something in the tank entering his age 27 season.