The Green Bay Packers were unable to keep running back Eddie Lacy. The fan favorite signed a one-year deal with the rival Seattle Seahawks for 2017.
Ted Thompson & Co. decided once again that one of their free agents was not worth keeping around. Even though Ty Montgomery represented the only RB on the roster, the team chose to move on from Lacy.
Lacy burst onto the NFL scene in his first two years, going over 1100 yards each season. But weight issues and injury concerns limited the running back in 2015 and 2016. He combined for just 1118 yards over the past two years and played in just five games last season. A season-ending ankle injury derailed his 2016 campaign and, ultimately, his career with the Packers.
Despite outside criticism, Lacy had become a fan favorite for his punishing running style and lethal spin move. However, the one-year, $5.5 million contract he signed with Seattle was beyond what Green Bay was willing to spend for a prove-it deal.
The Seahawks will now have a trio of solid runners, as Lacy joins C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls. Lacy’s tough running style should complement the other more agile backs to give Seattle an effective ground game.
The Packers, on the other hand, face the opposite problem. Montgomery and former UDFA Don Jackson are the only halfbacks on the roster. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski currently represented the only other rusher for Green Bay. Lacy’s departure means the team will have to address RB in the draft, though the rookie class is considered to be deep this year.
Lacy and the Seahawks will visit Green Bay in 2017, giving the Packers their first look at the former second round pick as a visitor. While he chose to sign with a team hated by many Packers fans, he remained a valuable part of the offense throughout his tenure in Green Bay.