Eddie Lacy's four-year run with the Green Bay Packers has officially concluded. On Tuesday, Lacy's agents announced that the running back had signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Seahawks signed Lacy to a one-year deal worth $5.55 million with $3 million guaranteed. At that figure, Lacy becomes the ninth-highest paid player at his position. While the details of the Packers' offers remain unavailable, the team likely did not approach that level of compensation after Lacy's conditioning and availability issues over the past two seasons. Additionally, USA Today’s Tom Pelissero reports that the running back gave the impression that he wanted a change of scenery.
Drafted 61st overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, Lacy produced back-to-back 1,100-yard campaigns to start off his career, earning Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors in the process. However, his career prospects quickly turned south starting in 2015 when he reportedly ballooned well above his listed weight of 234 pounds. The running back slimmed down during the following offseason, but he appeared unable to maintain his conditioning once returning to action. Those concerns, as well as an ankle injury that cost him all but five games in 2016, most likely dissuaded the Packers from offering Lacy anything more than an incentive-laden prove-it deal.
With Lacy departing, the Packers' backfield now consists of Ty Montgomery, Aaron Ripkowski, Don Jackson, and Joe Kerridge. The team could still add competition through free agency or acquire some running backs from the incoming rookie class.
In four seasons, Lacy amassed 3,435 yards and 23 touchdowns on 788 carries, adding 900 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver. He turns 27 in June.