MAK­ING SOME MOVES

Car­roll doesn’t mind run­ning back be­ing big

Packer Plus - - News - TOM SILVERSTEIN MILWAUKEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL Bob McGinn of the Jour­nal Sen­tinel con­trib­uted to this story.

House, Fran­cois added; Lacy joins Sea­hawks

Green Bay — The Green Bay Pack­ers def­i­nitely will need to seek a run­ning back in the NFL draft this year.

Ed­die Lacy, the team’s workhorse back, signed with the Seat­tle Sea­hawks, re­mov­ing a prime op­tion to lead the run­ning game in 2017.

Ac­cord­ing to a source fa­mil­iar with the con­tract, Lacy got a one-year, $4.25 mil­lion deal that in­cludes a weight clause linked to a $385,000 work­out bonus. He got a $1.5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus and a base of $1.365 mil­lion in guar­an­teed money. He can gain up to an ad­di­tional $1.3 mil­lion in in­cen­tives based on his rush­ing to­tal in Seat­tle.

The Pack­ers, along with the Sea­hawks and Min­nesota Vik­ings, hosted Lacy on vis­its, mostly to ex­am­ine his sur­gi­cally re­paired left an­kle but also to talk about his con­di­tion­ing and weight is­sues. Ac­cord­ing to a source from one of the teams Lacy vis­ited, he weighed in at 267 pounds, 33 above his listed weight in Green Bay.

In a ra­dio in­ter­view with KIRO in Seat­tle, coach Pete Car­roll said the Sea­hawks “want him big” but that they will have a plan for him to stay in the 240-pound range. Car­roll said he thought Lacy fin­ished runs in a sim­i­lar fash­ion as his for­mer star back Mar­shawn Lynch and was ex­cited to have him.

All along, the Pack­ers seemed to be in­ter­ested in Lacy re­turn­ing so he could team up with Ty Mont­gomery to form a phys­i­cal duo. They are also high on Don Jack­son, an un­drafted free agent who started the year on the prac­tice squad but was added to the 53-man ros­ter on Oct. 20. Jack­son played in three games and car­ried 10 times for 32 yards be­fore land­ing on in­jured re­serve with a knee in­jury

Lacy told ESPN a week be­fore free agency that the Pack­ers’ in­ter­est re­mained high.

“Talk­ing to my agent,” he said, “the Pack­ers have been very vo­cal about hav­ing me back there.”

The Pack­ers re­leased James Starks af­ter the sea­son, leav­ing Mont­gomery, Jack­son and Chris­tine Michael, who was re-signed by the Pack­ers, as the team’s op­tions at run­ning back.

The most log­i­cal place for help is the draft. It is a par­tic­u­larly good year for run­ning backs and it’s likely gen­eral man­ager Ted Thomp­son will ad­dress the po­si­tion there.

Ac­cord­ing to one of the sources, all three teams sub­mit­ted sim­i­lar of­fers, but Lacy picked Seat­tle be­cause he felt it was the of­fense that put the most em­pha­sis on the run­ning game. Seat­tle re­turns the phys­i­cal Thomas Rawls and the speedy C.J. Pro­sise and they’re hop­ing Lacy be­comes the ham­mer that Lynch once sup­plied to the of­fense.

Seat­tle ranked 20th in the league in rush­ing at­tempts last year, but that was well ahead of Green Bay, which ranked 29th.

For his Pack­ers ca­reer, Lacy car­ried 788 car­ries for 3,435 rush­ing yards and 23 touch­downs.

RICK WOOD / MILWAUKEE JOUR­NAL SEN­TINEL

Ed­die Lacy had 3,435 ca­reer yards and 23 TDs in his four sea­sons with the Pack­ers.

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