Eddie Lacy Eats His Way Out Of Green Bay
News broke this morning that former Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy signed with Seattle Seahawks. Fans patiently awaited the offer figuring the NFC West champions gave him two or three years like he desired from teams. That didn’t happen. He received a one-year deal worth 5.5 million dollars. This left Packers fans wondering ‘Where the hell was Ted on this one?’ The answer became clearer when long-time beat writer Bob McGinn dropped this nugget about the running back’s weight.
RB Eddie Lacy visited Sea (his new team), Minn and GB in the last wk. For one of the three teams Lacy weighed 267. Listed last year at 234.
— Bob McGinn (@BobMcGinn) March 14, 2017
267 pounds. That’s 33 more than what Lacy weighed according to the media guide last season for Packers. That’s not the typical size of a running back, and while McGinn’s tweet took some criticism, it was carefully placed by either Green Bay or Minnesota (Everyone wants assume Packers, but McGinn is more connected than almost all beat writers). He fought the scale throughout his time in Green Bay, and currently, the scale is winning. Rumors swirled late last season about his weight post-surgery, but many chalked it up to that versus the reality of it. Seattle hopes to get Lacy down to 240 or so. That’s quite a challenge.
Personally, I thought content providers overplayed their hand with Lacy’s weight, but it’s clear to me this was a grave concern for Green Bay. They didn’t want to put up with the hassle of checking on Lacy to ensure he played at the right weight. I don’t blame them one bit especially with Ty Montgomery, and a deep running back class where you could find a power RB replacement. Lacy’s personal struggles to stay consistent with his body were the ultimate end of his time in Green Bay. I’m not picking on the guy. In fact, I feel bad. I deal with yo-yo’ing all the time, and things can spiral out of control quickly.
We’ll see how Lacy does in Seattle. He’s dealing with a couple new things there – One, he will be seen as the new Marshawn Lynch. Frankly, it’s people stereotyping, and a progressive city like Seattle would never do that (Wink wink), yet those comparisons will come. Second, this is the worst line Lacy will run behind during his time in the National Football League. That’s a hell of an adjustment.
Lacy will return to Lambeau this season as Seattle comes to Green Bay for the third consecutive year.