Sea­hawks to sign RB Lacy; Pats’ But­ler vis­it­ing Saints

New Or­leans to host re­stricted free-agent cor­ner Thurs­day.

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The Seat­tle Sea­hawks are hop­ing Ed­die Lacy can be mo­ti­vated 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 oneyear deal Tues­day, pro­vid­ing Seat­tle a big body for a run game that was once the best in foot­ball but lagged last sea­son fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Mar­shawn Lynch.

“I like that we’re bring­ing in a big, tough guy that’s go­ing to send a mes­sage the way he plays the game,” Seat­tle coach Pete Car­roll said in a ra­dio in­ter­view Tues­day.

Lacy was the top of­fen­sive rookie four years ago when he rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touch­downs. He also ran for more than 1,100 yards in 2014 but has since been slowed by in­juries and lost fa­vor with Pack­ers coach Mike McCarthy at times.

Last sea­son, Lacy played in only five games, side­lined by an­kle prob­lems, and fin­ished with only 360 yards rush­ing and no touch­downs. Weight has also been an is­sue for Lacy, but Car­roll said he would ex­pect the run­ning back to play in the range of 240-250 pounds.

“He’s a big guy. There is noth­ing wrong with that,” Car­roll said.

Saints: Pa­tri­ots re­stricted free-agent corner­back Mal­colm But­ler sched­uled a visit with the Saints at the team’s head­quar­ters Thurs­day.

New Or­leans coach Sean Pay­ton con­firmed the visit Tues­day. If the Saints sign the 27-year-old But­ler to an of­fer, New Eng­land has the op­tion to match it, let But­ler go and re­ceive the Saints’ 11th over­all draft pick, or ar­range another trade.

But­ler, a two-year starter, is best known for his game-sav­ing goal-line in­ter­cep­tion of Seat­tle’s Rus­sell Wil­son in the 2015 Su­per Bowl.

Raiders: Re­ceiver/kick re­turner Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son signed a two-year deal as a free agent. De­spite be­ing clocked at a 4.42 40-yard dash at the NFL com­bine, Pat­ter­son never de­vel­oped into a down­field threat as a re­ceiver in Min­nesota. His 8.7 yards per catch were the fewest for any qual­i­fy­ing wide re­ceiver last sea­son.

How­ever, Pat­ter­son has av­er­aged 30.4 yards per kick­off re­turn in his ca­reer, sec­ond only to Hall of Famer Gale Say­ers (30.6 yards).

Car­di­nals: Signed freeagent line­backer Jarvis Jones, a first-round draft choice in 2013 out of Ge­or­gia who spent his first four NFL sea­sons with the Steel­ers. Jones played in 50 games with 35 starts in Pitts­burgh but lost his start­ing job last sea­son.

Vikings: Signed de­fen­sive end Da­tone Jones, the for­mer first-round pick of the ri­val Pack­ers. Jones was se­lected 26th over­all out of UCLA in the 2013 draft. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder played in 59 of a pos­si­ble 64 reg­u­lar-sea­son games, mostly as a backup.

Chiefs: Signed de­fen­sive tackle Ben­nie Lo­gan to a oneyear con­tract, fill­ing the void left by free agent Don­tari Poe in the mid­dle of the Kansas City line. The 6-foot-2, 315pound Lo­gan had 24 tack­les and 2.5 sacks last sea­son.

Pa­tri­ots: Signed free-agent run­ning back Rex Burk­head, 26, who has spent all four years of his NFL ca­reer in Cincin­nati since be­ing drafted in the sixth round out of Ne­braska in 2013.

Colts: Signed two more free agents — de­fen­sive end Mar­gus Hunt (Ben­gals) and of­fen­sive line­man Brian Sch­wenke (Ti­tans). Hunt be­comes the fourth de­fen­sive free agent Indy has signed since last week.

Ti­tans: Agreed to a deal with free-agent de­fen­sive line­man Sylvester Wil­liams. The 6-foot-2, 313-pound Wil­liams started 48 of his 60 games in Den­ver with 93 tack­les and 5.5 sacks.

Rams: Signed Bills re­stricted free-agent of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Groy to a re­ported two-year, $5 mil­lion of­fer, with $3.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed. Buf­falo has un­til Mon­day to match it or lose Groy with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

Fal­cons: Re-signed safety Ke­mal Ish­mael and signed re­ceiver/re­turn spe­cial­ist An­dre Roberts from Detroit.

An an­kle in­jury lim­ited Ed­die Lacy to 5 games in 2016.

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