The Seahawks added a Pro Bowler to their backfield Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a deal with former Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy.
Lacy, who was selected with the 61st pick in the 2013 draft—one pick before the Seahawks selected running back Christine Michael—should add a physical presence to the running game, something head coach Pete Carroll has long maintained is a key element to his team’s success. The 5-foot-11, 234-pound back has rushed for 3,435 yards and 23 touchdowns in his four-year career while also proving to be a threat in the passing game, catching 101 passes for 900 yards and six scores.
As a rookie, Lacy rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning Pro-Bowl, second-team All-Pro and Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. He followed that up with 1,139 rushing yards and 427 receiving yards in 2014.
Lacy’s 2016 season was cut short due to an ankle injury, with him landing on injured reserve after rushing for 360 yards in five games. Lacy, who turns 27 in June, joins a Seahawks backfield that has shown considerable potential, but that last season struggled to stay healthy, something Carroll admitted was a concern during his year-end press conference. Thomas Rawls, who as a rookie in 2015 led the NFL with 5.6 rushing yards per attempt, missed seven games last season with a leg injury. Rookie C.J. Prosise, who was dynamic both as a runner and pass-catcher when healthy, missed 10 games due to multiple injuries, including a broken scapula that caused him to miss the final six games of the regular season and both of Seattle’s playoff games.
Lacy is the second free-agent addition made by the Seahawks since the new league year began last week, joining former Jacksonville offensive linemen Luke Joeckel.
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Take a look back at running back Eddie Lacy's first four years in the NFL.