Seattle Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy, who weighs a whopping 253 pounds, earned a bonus of $55,000 from the team for weighing in at less than 255 pounds.
The contract Lacy has with Seattle contains seven possible weight bonuses that in total are worth $385,000. Per a source in the NFL, the running back’s next weigh-in is scheduled for June 12 and he must be at or below 250 pounds.
Lacy must be no more than 250 pounds on August 1. He will be weighed one time each month between September and December and must weigh 245 pounds or less if he wants to earn more bonuses.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that Lacy looked awesome and great during a talk show. Carroll said Lacy was huge, and will play huge and has done a great job by fulfilling everything the organization has asked of him.
Carroll added that Lacy’s attitude about the weight issue has been fantastic and has worked hard with the team’s support system that was put into place.
Carroll said that Lacy has not reached full speed as of yet, as he continues his recovery from a severe ankle injury.
In 2013, when Lacy was drafted out of Alabama he weighed only 231 pounds. However, during a free agent visit to one NFL team last year, it was reported that the running back weight over 267 pounds.
Seattle and the running back agreed to a free agent contract of one year that includes guaranteed money in the amount of $2.865 million. Lacy has the potential to earn another $2.865 million from incentives in the contract including the $385,000 in his weight clause.
In 2013 the Green Bay Packers used a draft pick in the second round to acquire Lacy from Alabama. He posted two consecutive seasons of 1,100 yards to begin his NFL career and was the Offensive Rookie of the Year for the NFL in 2013.
However, weight since 2015 has become a big issue with Lacy. At that time, Mike McCarthy the head coach for Green Bay said his running back must return for the 2016 season in much better shape after only rushing for 758 yards in 2015.
Lacy worked out with Tony Horton the founder of P90X during last offseason. In 2016, he played well in 5 games, as he averaged over 5 yards per carry on 71 carries prior to suffering his ankle injury.