Former Packers running back Eddie Lacy has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Seahawks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reports that it’s a one-year deal worth $5.55 million, with $3 million guaranteed. The Seahawks confirmed that Lacy had agreed to terms.
The hope is that Lacy can find the form that eluded him for much of the four years he was in Green Bay. The former Alabama star rushed for 3,435 yards (4.4 yards per carry) and 23 touchdowns with the Packers but he struggled with consistency before injuries limited him to five games in 2016.
The Seahawks, who sported one of the league’s best rushing attacks when Marshawn Lynch was in the backfield, had a nonexistent running game last season. According to Football Outsiders’ metrics, Seattle ranked 23rd in rushing. From 2012-15 -- coinciding with Russell Wilson’s arrival and years after Lynch became a cornerstone of the offense -- the running game never ranked worse than seventh (and twice finished first).
Whether Lacy can come close to duplicating that success is another matter. In addition to upgrading the backfield, the Seahawks also need to shore up an offensive line that struggled in both the passing and running game a year ago.
Last month, Lacy sounded like a return to Green Bay might be in his future.
“Talking to my agent, the Packers have been very vocal about having me back there,” he said, via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky.
Lacy, who spent last offseason getting into the best shape of his life, added: “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.”
Related: It appears that Lacy didn’t spend this offseason:
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