Free agent running back Eddie Lacy will leave the Green Bay Packers for the Seattle Seahawks, according to multiple reports.
Lacy posted the photo below on his Instagram Tuesday.
They never entered negotiations with Peterson, I'm told, and preferred a younger back, all things being equal, and someone with upside; buy low on Lacy now and you might tack on a few years with an extension, while at his age and with his injuries, Peterson is going year to year with his best behind him.
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy criticized Lacy's weight in January 2016, and Lacy responded by getting himself in better shape last season. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he wants his new running back no bigger than 240 pounds or so - while acknowledging Lacy's weight may have ballooned after he suffered a season-ending ankle injury last October.
During his free-agency tour, Lacy visited the Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and his former team, the Green Bay Packers, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Lacy weighed in at 267 pounds during one of those stops. He topped 1,100 rushing yards in both 2013 and 2014, with 24 total touchdowns (20 rushing) and 77 combined receptions. Leonard Fournette is the Next Big Thing in this year's draft, but his National Football League future will likely depend on which team drafts him-and when. Carroll said he thought Lacy finished runs in a similar fashion as his former star back Marshawn Lynch and was excited to have him. There's a weight in there that's a really good spot for him that he's working toward. The Seahawks already have Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise, and they're reportedly still scheduled to meet with free agent Jamaal Charles on Wednesday.
Seattle ranked 20th in the league in rushing attempts a year ago, but that was well ahead of Green Bay, which ranked 29th. 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. That's a big deal as the team looks to address other concerns on defense, possibly allowing the team to absorb some salary in a trade during the 2017 NFL Draft as well.