Eddie Lacy meets weight-loss goal, earns another $55K bonus
Seahawks running back Eddie Lacy embraced the idea of having weight incentive bonuses in his contract and on Monday he earned another $55,000 payday, according to report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Lacy's agents seemingly confirmed the weigh-in with a tweet of their own, quoting Fowler's report with a check and a money bag emoji.
Lacy weighed in at no more than 250 pounds, dropping three pounds from last month's weigh-in, the first of the weight-loss goals in his one-year deal with Seattle. The 27-year-old runner will earn that same dollar amount if he drops to at least 245 pounds by September and maintains that size through December.
Speaking with local media for the first time since signing with the Seahawks in March, Lacy embraced the concept of having to meet weight goals throughout the year.
"As a competitor, you want to meet challenges, so it's a positive challenge and at the end of the day it helps me personally, too. So why not?" he said on June 2 after Day 3 of organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.
Lacy said he's adopted a new diet that, among other things, simply involves not "eating a lot."
Coach Pete Carroll said Lacy is right on schedule with his recovery from a high-ankle sprain and a deltoid ligament injury in his left ankle suffered during last season with the Packers. He expects the team's projected starter to be ready for full contact by training camp.
Carroll also would like the 5-foot-11 Lacy to play at around 240-245 pounds during the regular season.
Asked specifically about that desired weight, Lacy replied, "Whatever he like, that's what I like."
Lacy admitted that his last on-field appearance was "not as good as it should have been," as injuries limited him to 360 rushing yards on 71 carries in five games. Because of that, Lacy's primary objective this offseason is to "be the best I can be."
"I know as of right now you're only as good as your last game, your last opportunity," Lacy said. "Right now I want to get myself better so if I'm put into a situation, I can be the best I can be and be better than I was."
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