Lighter weight, heavier pockets for former Griffin

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Dutchtown alum Eddie Lacy signing his new contract with the Seahawks back in March. Photo courtesy of EddieLacyRB.com.

Dutchtown alum Eddie Lacy has gone from losing everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, to winning two national championships at Alabama, and now, he’s cashing in on $55,000 for simply making weight.

What a journey it has been for the former Griffin.

The cool 55 grand coming Lacy’s way is the result of a contract incentive that was in place when he signed with the Seattle Seahawks back in March. This incentive was set to award him with the money if he was able to weigh 255 or below.

On Monday, the waiting was over. Lacy stepped foot on the scale and weighed an official 253 pounds—earning him an extra $55,000.

After his family’s home in Gretna was flooded during Hurricane Katrina, they relocated to Geismar and Lacy graduated as a star athlete at Dutchtown.

He went on to sign with Alabama, where he helped lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national titles. This included an MVP performance in the 2013 BCS Championship game against Notre Dame.

Lacy skipped his senior season at Alabama and entered the NFL Draft. He was drafted 61st overall by the Packers and rushed for over 1,000 yards, en route to being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year and making the Pro Bowl in 2013-14.

However, ever since his rookie season, Lacy has struggled with injuries and weight gain.

This past season, he was only able to play in five games after batting an ankle injury throughout the year. In those five games, he rushed for 441 yards, but no touchdowns.

When the season came to a close, Lacy hit the free-agent market and was signed by the Seahawks in a one-year deal worth $5.5 million. It was reported that Lacy weighed 267 pounds at the time of the signing.

Lacy was listed as only weighing 220 pounds during his junior year at Alabama, and he weighed in at 231 pounds at the 2013 NFL Combine.

New head coach Pete Carroll was quoted as saying, “I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong, but I want him in the best shape so that he can run at his best and be durable and handle the load—235, that’s at the time he came out, he was there. But he’s developed. Into his (240s), he’s really dangerous.”

The team added the incentive in his contract to get him to the desired 255.

Though Lacy has reached that point, it is said that the Seahawks would like to see him lose even more weight over the summer. They want him to get down to 245 by the time the regular season rolls around in late-August, early-September.

So far in his four-year NFL career, Lacy has rushed for 3,435 yards and 23 touchdowns.