The Green Bay Packers seemed to almost always have an issue with running back Eddie Lacy's weight. While he didn't always come into training camp in shape, it seems that his new team, the Seattle Seahawks have come up with the perfect way to get him into tip-top playing shape for 2017-18.
How? Well, there's no better way than with some serious money.
While they aren't just handing him money and saying get in shape, instead, the Seahawks have decided to load him up with weight-loss contract incentives, and they're ones that definitely will give him motivation. According to NESN, if Lacy is able to hit the seven different tiers of his weight targets throughout the season, then he'll make a massive $385,000.
Now, Lacy did sign just a one-year deal, but if he can hit his goals and wind up having a great year, the 26-year-old running back could wind up being the future in Seattle.
First, though, is the fact that Lacy came in apparently weighing 267 pounds, according to CBS Sports. The seven different weight loss targets for Lacy were broken down by ESPN's Field Yates, and each one is going to be worth a payout of $55,000 for the running back.
As for the specific targets, they'll break down as follows:
- Must weigh in at 255 pounds in May
- Weigh in at 250 pounds in June and August
- Weigh in at 245 pounds in September-December (in-season)
Obviously, the main goal here is to get him down to playing weight of 245 pounds by the time the season rolls around. The best part for Lacy is that while he may reportedly be sitting around 267 pounds currently, we saw him drop a whole lot of weight last offseason, so losing 12 pounds before May seems more than achievable.
To go along with that, he's only looking at about five pounds during some key NFL months when he'll be doing a ton of training. That whole whopping payday of $385,000 is a very realistic option for Lacy, and it's going to be interesting to see how it all plays out as the season gets closer.
Over his four-year career with the Packers, Lacy tallied 3,435 yards and 23 touchdowns, while also catching 101 passes for 900 yards and six additional scores. He obviously adds a nice punch to the running game in Green Bay and could be a fun player to watch.
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