Eddie Lacy became a Seattle Seahawk on Tuesday. The former Green Bay Packer joining the team as they look to bolster their run game after a sluggish 2016. The deal to snag Lacy is a one-year, $5.5m contract. With $3m of that guaranteed. Lacy was one of 4 backs who were on the radar.
Perennial Pro Bowlers Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson had been pegged for visits. Along with former Raiders RB Latavius Murray yet to get into town. But the deal to Lacy was wrapped quickly on Tuesday.
So what do they have in the former Alabama RB? The obvious answer is power.
Lacy, often negatively is a big back. His weight has fluctuated whilst in Green Bay, from his 231lb listed weight and higher. That in 2016 was missing somewhat from the backfield in Seattle, minus Marshawn Lynch.
In 2016 the running game was not as productive as years past. The aggressive pursuit of the thing RB free agent class shows that. Along with the change at position coach with Chad Morton taking over from Sherman Smith.
Alot of the 2016 struggles were a compilation of a few things. A young and struggling offensive line the main bug in the system. But also health played a part. Presumptive lead back Thomas Rawls missed most of the off-season workouts before a Week 2 injury sidelined him for nearly three months. Rookie back C.J Prosise flashed prominently but over just two weeks before injuries ended his year. Elsewhere rookie Alex Collins took a while to get his feet underneath him and RB Troymaine Pope was another to fall to injuries late in the year.
Health, for Lacy wasn’t much of a concern. But 2016 was a tough one. Only 5 games were logged for him in Green Bay. But the lighter workload in Seattle could work well to bring him along slowly this summer.
Playing style is where he would seem to fit in Seattle so perfectly. With his size he really does plough into the line and would-be tacklers. His physicality is something which the team clearly missed with Lynch’s retirement. Lacy brings that, as noted by Pete Carroll on 710 ESPN Seattle earlier today:
“He’s a big, tough guy who’s going to send a message with the way he plays the game.”
That, with the thunder Rawls brings and the game-breaking threat Prosise has is a RB group to get excited about. But with a year of injuries and struggle in Green Bay in the very recent past. Seeing could be believing for Lacy in Seattle.
He brings a resume which includes two 1,000 yard seasons and 23 Touchdowns. A sneakily effective, if rarely used pass catcher too sees the barometer set at ‘optimisitic’ on the deal for Seahawks fan. But their clear pre-draft affinity for him (Green Bay took him one pick before the Seahawks took Christine Michael) and the way his physicality and frame fits into the Seahawks running back past. It’s a good deal if 2014 Lacy re-emerges and renergises in Seattle.