The Seattle Seahawks added some potentially significant running back depth on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with Eddie Lacy, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Seahawks signed the former Green Bay Packers running back to a one-year deal worth $5.55 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed.
The Seahawks might not be done with running backs. The team had visits scheduled with Latavius Murray and Jamaal Charles when word broke of the signing. Murray has changed his plans and will visit with the Minnesota Vikings today. However, Charles is still planning on meeting with the Seahawks on Wednesday.
Seattle entered the offseason with Thomas Rawls viewed as the likely starter in 2017. Injuries were a problem for the Seahawks in 2016, so they were going to need to add some depth no matter what. Lacy is certainly an interesting addition in that context. If healthy, he has a ton of upside. Of course, healthy also includes dealing with his often ballooning 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
There are reports the Vikings offered a similar amount of money. I’d be curious if the Vikings or Packers put out that he had the weight issue when he weighed in with them. Weight has always been an issue for Lacy, so I doubt this is the last we hear of it.
That being said, adding Lacy to that backfield certainly is an intriguing addition. I would be surprised if Charles also agreed to a deal there, but adding him would give them insane depth. Lacy and Charles have weight and injury question marks, respectively, but the upside would be kind of impressive for that backfield.