Seahawks Sign Eddie Lacy, Want Him to Be Heavier

Bryan Brandom
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During the 2015 NFC championship game, before the Green Bay Packers blew a 12-point lead to the Seattle Seahawks with under three minutes remaining, Packers running back Eddie Lacy found himself on the Seahawks bench after being tripped out of bounds with the ball.

Now he'll actually get paid to sit (and, probably, play) with Seattle, who on Tuesday signed the large back to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with $3 million guaranteed.

The 26-year-old has in the past struggled with his weight, but came into the 2016 season a svelt 235 pounds and it showed in his early-season performance—Lacy averaged a career-high 5.1 yards per carry in five games last season before he was lost to an ankle injury.

But according to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, the Seahawks want him to be heaviner than he was last season.

"That may have been a goal [playing at 235 pounds for the Packers], but he's a big man," Carroll told John Clayton on the reporter's radio show on Tuesday. "I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong, but I want him in the best shape so that he can run at his best and be durable and handle the load. … So we have a real target for him. We'll be on it on a regular basis and we'll keep him in great shape."

But that doesn't necessarily mean gaining weight. Since undergoing ankle surgery, he's understandably been adding pounds.

He's apparently gained more than 30 pounds since the 2016 season opened.

"He's a big back. He's a big guy. Ain't nothing wrong with that," Carroll said. "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 is well-aware of what our expectations and the standards that we're setting. We would not have done this if we didn't have a really clear understanding of how we're going to go forward.

"This is a big deal for him. 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 and how he fits in and how he can work to secure a good future for him. And he knows all of that. Coming here is really something he's pumped up about because he knows how we see it, too. So we're going to get him in great shape. We're going to show him at his very best. There's a weight in there that's a really good spot for him that he's working toward. And we'll do a nice job with that."

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