Eddie Lacy has made more headlines over the past couple of seasons for his inactivity off the field rather than his performance on it. He butted heads with the coaching staff and front office of the Green Bay Packers on numerous occasions, as his physical fitness was regularly questioned. Basically, they were calling him fat.
His off-field issues cost Lacy his starting job in 2015 and an ankle injury curtailed his 2016 season. Now Lacy is on a one-year deal with Seattle and hoping to impress enough to land a long-term deal somewhere. Even more interesting are the terms of that contract. According to ESPN, the deal includes $3 million guaranteed and almost another $3 million in incentives. The most curious of those incentives are the $385,000 that Lacy can earn simply by meeting agreed upon weights.
ESPN reports that Lacy will earn $55,000 for seven monthly weigh-ins, starting at being 255 pounds in May, and then 250 pounds in June and August, and finally 245 pounds in September, October, November, and December (aka the entire NFL regular season).
According to Bob McGinn, Lacy was around 267 pounds last week when he was visiting different teams while still a free agent. So the weight goals are at least within reach for him. Lacy will join Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise in the Seattle backfield as they compete for touches.