Although the Seahawks will make a concerted effort to ensure Lacy (ankle) stays in shape, head coach Pete Carroll said he wants the 26-year-old running back to stay big, ESPN's Sheil Kapadia reports. According to Kapadia, Lacy's target weight will be in the 240s, which is probably around where he was in 2016 prior to suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 26-year-old running back checked in at 267 pounds during one of his free agent visits, putting him 20 to 25 pounds north of where the Seahawks want him by Week 1. It appears Lacy's weight will be a big story for the second straight offseason, just as it was at this time last year when he was coming off a disappointing 2015 campaign in which he was visibly hampered by his excess weight. A contract season provided plenty of motivation last time around, and the Seahawks are hoping for the same after signing him to a one-year, $5.5 million deal that includes $3 million guaranteed. Lacy is nearly five months removed from surgery which carried an estimated rehab timetable of four to six months, but the extra weight he's carrying probably doesn't help the process. While his contract makes him the early favorite to lead Seattle's backfield, Lacy has serious issues surrounding his health and conditioning, in addition to facing competition from teammates Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (shoulder).
Lacy (ankle) has inked a one-year, $5.55 million deal with the Seahawks that includes $3 million worth of fully guaranteed money, ESPN.com reports. Lacy, whose 2016 season was limited to five games due to a left ankle injury that required surgical repair, will now look to re-boot his career with the Seahawks, who the Seattle Times notes also brought in fellow free agent running backs Adrian Peterson (knee), Jamaal Charles (knee), and Latavius Murray for visits. With that in mind, it's clear that the team was looking to upgrade its backfield, which also includes holdovers Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise (shoulder). Assuming a full recovery from his ankle woes and no conditioning/weight issues, Lacy, who turns 27 in June, appears poised to head Seattle's rushing attack in 2017, with Prosise likely to make his mark in a complementary/change-of-pace role. The move presumably represents a hit to Rawls' workload/outlook next season, while Lacy will look to reestablish his market value in the hopes of securing a long-term deal down the road.
Lacy (ankle) is slated to meet with the Seahawks, Vikings, and Packers through this weekend, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. The Packers have allowed the four-year pro to reach the open market, where any of the remaining 31 teams can touch base with the running back. Two NFC foes are on the list of visits, but the one to Green Bay will likely include a physical to determine the health of his left ankle. For whoever gives Lacy the all-clear, he's a great bet to serve as a primary RB next season.
Lacy needed "two screws, two wires, and a plate" to repair the deltoid ligament in his left ankle last October, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "I'm just trying to make sure whether I end up in Green Bay or somewhere, I'm in the best shape or I'm in the best position I can be in personally, so when it's time for me to contribute to whatever team that it is that they're getting 100 percent of me," Lacy added Tuesday on Adam Schefter's "Know Them From Adam" podcast. Lacy termed his recovery effort a "4-to-6 month" process, the former of which he reached Sunday. Only a few days prior, he released a video of himself running on a pool treadmill. In addition to revealing the extent of the injury and its accompanying timetable, Lacy believes that he'll be healthy enough to run on a normal surface in the near future, coinciding nicely with the start of free agency on March 9. No matter whether he progresses to that point, the Packers control his destiny to an extent, as they're the sole party who can have contact with Lacy before March 7. If he returns to Green Bay, he'll join forces with Ty Montgomery to form a potentially dynamic backfield.
Lacy (ankle) has progressed enough in his recovery to run in a pool, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. Lacy's 2016 season was brought to a halt due to a left ankle injury, the extent if which was enough to contain him to five appearances, but the Packers never revealed the nature of the ailment, other than to say he sustained more than sprain that precipitated surgery. Head coach Mike McCarthy has already mentioned that Lacy's prospects for a return to Green Bay may be contingent upon his health, so a physical could be ordered up as his unrestricted free agency approaches. If retained by the only organization he's ever known, Lacy will team with converted wideout Ty Montgomery to form a potential thunder-and-lightning RB combination.
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