There is no question that newly acquired Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy has had weight issues in the past. During the 2015 season with the Green Bay Packers, Lacy only rushed for 758 yards, and head coach Mike McCarthy attributed his poor performance to his weight gain.
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The Seahawks put incentives in Lacy’s new contract to motivate him to keep his weight in check. In the one-year, $5.5 million contract Lacy signed, $385,000 is tied to his weight.
According to ESPN, the 26-year-old running back will have seven monthly weigh-ins worth $55,000 each. The one-time Pro Bowler has to make it to 255 pounds in May, 250 pounds in June and August and stay at 245 pounds in September, October, November and December.
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Lacy reportedly weighed in at 267 pounds during a team visit this offseason.
But Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wants a big back. “I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong,” Carroll said on The John Clayton Show on 710 ESPN Seattle. “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.”