Seahawks Reach Agreement With RB Eddie Lacy On 1-year Deal
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are expecting Eddie Lacy could be prompted by a one-year contract to rediscover the form that made him the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The Seahawks and Lacy agreed to terms on a one-year deal supplying a body to get a run game that was once the best in football to Seattle but lagged last season after the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
“I love that we are bringing in a big, tough man that is going to send out a message the way that he plays the game,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said in a interview with KIRO-AM, the Seahawks flagship station, on Tuesday.
Lacy was the best offensive rookie four decades back when he rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for more than 1,100 metres in 2014, but has since been slowed by injuries and lost favor with Packers coach Mike McCarthy occasionally.
Last year, Lacy played in just five matches, sidelined by ankle problems, and ended with only 360 yards rushing and no touchdowns. Weight has also been a problem for Lacy, but Carroll said he would anticipate the running back to perform at the assortment of 240-250 lbs.
“He is a huge man. There’s not anything wrong with this,” Carroll said. “There will be a real concerted effort to make sure he’s at his very best. This is a tough time for him because he is working some rehabilitation right now, but he is well aware of our expectations and the criteria which we’re setting.”
Seattle’s running back situation was filled from the beginning of last year with instability. Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise were equally restricted by injuries. Christine Michael was cut midseason due to ineffectiveness, yet led the Seahawks in rushing during the regular season.
Seattle brought before turning as its goal to Lacy.
“He is an exciting man to add to the mix,” Carroll said. “Thomas brings us great energy and C.J. and Alex (Collins) add in, also, so that I think it makes a excellent position group for us. We’ll get a fantastic rotation here in order to help out everybody.”
Lacy is Seattle’s second signing in free agency after agreeing to some yearlong deal with offensive lineman Luke Joeckel a week. Carroll stated Joeckel is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery that limited him to four matches, and the Seahawks see him as an option at either left tackle or abandoned guard.
“He appears to be making a fantastic comeback,” Carroll explained.
Seattle cornerback and special teams standout Neiko Thorpe. Thorpe was mostly used last season with Seattle, but may have an opportunity at more playing time at cornerback using DeShawn Shead not being tendered and becoming an unrestricted free agent after suffering a torn ACL in the playoffs.
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