Eddie Lacy weighed in at 253 pounds today, two below the limit the Seahawks set: now collects $55,000 for it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2017
Okay, imagine this. Your direct superior at your workplace informs you that there is a THOUSAND DOLLAR cash prize for losing a certain amount of weight before an established date.
And no, it isn’t this man.
It’s these guys.
Eddie Lacy was a fun player to watch in his first two NFL seasons (2013 & 2014). He racked up a combined 3,001 total yards and 24 TD’s in those respective seasons, according to NFL.com. But something happened in 2015. Maybe he had one too many midnight snacks. Maybe it was the many outcries for his love of “China Food”.
all i keep thinkin about it food….#sonic here i come
— Eddie Lacy (@Lil_Eazy_Ana_42) July 11, 2011
China food stop then finally back to my room……#LongDay
— Eddie Lacy (@Lil_Eazy_Ana_42) March 23, 2012
i want china food….A LOT OF IT
— Eddie Lacy (@Lil_Eazy_Ana_42) July 5, 2011
The third one is my personal favorite (and yes I know the tweets are from 2012, but there seems to be some relevance regarding this topic).
He recorded just over 1,000 rushing yards and 5 TD’s throughout his 2015 & 2016 campaigns. To add insult to injury (since he was placed on IR after Week 6 in 2016), Green Bay had wide receiver Ty Montgomery fill in as their starting running back…and he did pretty well.
So the Seahawks decided to take a chance on Lacy and signed him to a one-year deal, including incentives that could earn him up to $385,000, according to ESPN. As we all know, the incentives are tied to his new weight loss program.
Now to be honest, $55,000 is pocket change to any NFL team. Heck, if I was Lacy, I’d be running on a treadmill right now if someone offered me that.
For Eddie Lacy, the math at his first offseason weigh-in was simple…
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 15, 2017
The concept of this incentive is still boggling my mind. I’m sure Vince Lombardi is rolling in his grave somewhere. Seriously, do you want a guy like this on your team? Is he really worth having if he can’t be trusted with his own weight without a prize? I don’t even blame Lacy, I would take that deal too. GM John Schneider is a well-respected guy in the NFL, but I don’t see the point with this signing. I get that Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise are injury prone, but how many heads are going to be in that backfield now?
We’ll soon find out if Lacy sticks to his diet or not. If your were wondering what the rest of his schedule looks like, Field Yates provided a detailed report;
Eddie Lacy’s weight incentives breakdown ($55k for each month achieved)
May: 255 lbs
June & August: 250 lbs
September-December: 245 lbs
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2017
This guy only has to lose five pounds by June and August?? And he’s at 253 pounds right now! Three pounds = $55,000. God I love the NFL.