Thomas Rawls and the cast of running backs has not replaced the production that former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch put in during his time in Seattle. In an effort to return the Seahawks to their aggressive ways in regards to running the football, the front office has made the decision to sign free agent running back Eddie Lacy.
Marshawn Lynch and Eddie Lacy have similar traits when it comes to playing the running back position. Both players can catch passes out of the backfield and extend drives if needed to. However, a lot of folks will be wondering if Lacy will come into training camp in shape.
At the end of the 2015 season, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy stated that Lacy “got a lot of work to do.” McCarthy’s remark was referring to Lacy’s weight issues that he has battled with throughout his career. He would get in better shape going into the 2016 season but was lost for the remainder of the year after undergoing an ankle surgery.
Stepping in for Lacy, was wide receiver turned running back, Tye Montgomery. Montgomery did such an exceptional job as the Packers starting running back; it led McCarthy and the Packers front office to allow Lacy to become a free agent. According to NFL.Com, Lacy has agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million, including $3 million guaranteed.
To sum it all up, Lacy’s contract is a “prove it” deal which means he could get a bigger contract after the 2017 season. If the Seahawks are getting the Eddie Lacy that we saw in the 2013-2014 season, then they are a lock to win the NFC West and make a deep playoff run in 2017.
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