Eddie Lacy’s weight goals could end up being problematic

Congratulations, Eddie Lacy. You resisted “china food” well enough to make your first of several weight goals in your contract with the Seahawks, by two pounds.

I still don’t like the fact that the Seahawks included the provision in his deal.

Professional athletes shouldn’t need to have a specific cash inducement to hit a specific weight. When their livelihood hinges in part on how large or small their bodies are, the athletes should be able to conform to expectations without an external inducement.

When the weight targets come during the season, Lacy will be tempted to put that external inducment ($55,000 apiece) ahead of proper nourishment and focus on what his primary objective should be once September arrives: Doing whatever he has to do to be ready to win football games. The Seahawks presumably would rather have Lacy at a pound or two over his limit and fully prepared to play instead of having him at a specific number on the scale but drained by the last-minute efforts to get there.

Also problematic, if Lacy ever fails to make weight: The decision to publicly declare on Monday that he made the first goal. Although there’s a chance the outcomes will leak regardless of whether they’re announced, it’s a potentially clumsy precedent if Lacy, who had to be at 255 today, fails to get to 250 in August or 245 in September, October, November, and December.

Regardless, he has to lose three pounds in the next three months, another five after that, and then stay at 245 throughout the season. He has $275,000 riding on it.

29 responses to “Eddie Lacy’s weight goals could end up being problematic

  1. The guy gets paid enough and has enough resources available to him that maintaining 245lbs in a healthy fashion shouldn’t be that difficult.

  2. Yeah, Eddie Lacy’s really had to worry about being “properly nourished.” SMDH.

  3. 1. the guy has a history of not maintaining his weight
    2. his performance has declined at higher weight
    3. he signed a contract that requires hit to maintain his weight and stay away from donuts.

    why is this problem? Just a simple motivation tactic

  4. Everyone is missing the point. Eddie Lacy is just that much smarter than every other player out there. Why stay in shape for free when you can just get fat and get paid extra to do what guys are doing for free.

    But in all seriousness. This is as pathetic as it gets. A professional athlete with unfinite resources to stay in shape who gets fat. Not like I root against someone like that, but have absolutely ZERO respect for this guy.

  5. He’s going to break your heart Seahawks fans. Last year, with a clear incentive to be in shape, and after he looked awesome in minicamp, he was fat again by September.

    Feastmode has HOF talent. In practice however, he’s just another plodder.

    I’m really glad he’s not GBs problem anymore.

  6. I’m still amazed that a pro athlete who is supposed to be in training for a season has so much trouble losing weight. He has to be burning 4000+ calories a day. How much is he eating?

  7. Man, offer me $2,000 and I’d find the motivation to lose the extra 24 lbs I currently lug around above my drooping belt buckle.

    And if I were talented enough to land a starting position on an NFL team, whoa, reporting to camp overweight wouldn’t even be a consideration. I’d be a lean and mean machine.

    Honestly, I struggle with weight issues so I get that problem, but I don’t get players who have access to world-class nutritionists and trainers available 24/7 who don’t take advantage of their help to keep their weight under control.

    Anyway, time for second lunch.

  8. Does it seem stupid on the surface? Maybe. But it’s not that simple. Obviously Lacy has had a problem with self-control when it comes to his weight. It’s not uncommon, and it would be nice if the NFL could extend that to, you know, other self-control related issues the players seem to have.

    But also, the Seahawks probably see a correlation between Lacy’s weight and his productivity that maybe Lacy himself doesn’t see. If left to his own devices to get in “game shape,” weight might not be important to Lacy, even though it’s important to the team. By making a financial incentive for Lacy to hit certain weight goals, they’re aligned on a measurable goal in which the team thinks will help Lacy be a more productive member of the team. Whether or not you like it, Mike, is irrelevant.

  9. This is funny. These guys spend so much time in the facilities where they will almost literally hold your hand through the programs… This provision only suggests that while the LOB are on salary, Eddie Lacy simply has to clock in.

    S’not a story.

  10. I’m proud of Eddie. He’s light for around here.

  11. Doing whatever he has to do to be ready to win football games.

    Here is the problem. He’s been benched for being overweight and thus he has a proven track record of not doing whatever he has to do to be ready.

  12. Seriously, you are worried that the incentives for Lacy to actually show up for his job in shape might be a detriment to him?

    So you would prefer him to be an out of shape, 300+ pound, former, football player?

    I think any incentive Lacy has to keep making the level of income he is currently making is an overall positive.

    The NFL and teams do shady stuff, but in this case they are trying to help the guy out. You cannot baby grown men.

  13. Leave sports out of the PC “body positive” talk. This is not America’s next top model, this is a billion dollar industry with the world’s best athletes are being paid to perform at the highest level. A running back who is heavier and slower than the other teams LB’s will likely not succeed. Very few have. If the player is asked to show up healthy and in game shape and he can’t do it, then it might be time for them to look for another career. There is nothing wrong with putting an incentive on a player to hit specific goals, like weight. I’m sure the Seahawks are not going to publicly shame him because he came in at 248 and not 245 but putting that incentive in may give him that extra push to keep his eating habits under control and not come in at 260.

  14. Florio, really????? I find it tough to believe anyone would be malnourished at 245lbs. Do you really think dropping those couple of extra pounds is going to be a competitive disadvantage? I have struggled with weight all of my life. Its all about learning what to eat and how much to eat. These athletes are paid an enormous amount of money to play a game. Now they have to be incented to stay within a reasonable weight. So now all I have to do is find some sucker to give me $55,000 to get down to 255, another wad of cash to get to 250 within a couple of months and another wad of cash to get to 245 and stay there during the season, then life would be good.

  15. Some people have drug addiction, other smoking, and some other alcohol related, eating disorder isn’t as simple as it looks, give Lacy a chance, he’s doing his best I suppose

  16. As Packers fan I think we all pretty much feel disappointed in Lacy. We heard all last season that he is working out like crazy and supposed to have lost a ton of weight. Then come the regular season and the guy looked big enough to play guard.

    Honestly I am with other posters that if you gave me the chance this guy has had and my #1 job was to stay in shape? I guarantee you I would put the triple bacon burgers down for a couple of years.

  17. If he didn’t have the weight / motivational issues, I’m sure the guaranteed price tag would have been MUCH higher than the $2.865m he’s getting. $2.685m of his 1 year contract value is based on incentive. That’s a pretty big F’n carrot, that will hopefully get him to rise to his potential.

    If he doesn’t, and his impact is minimal, then Hawks don’t renew and they’re out shy of $3m for an experienced back in a deep running corps.

    Some times a change in scenery is all it takes. Ask any other Seattle sports fan about how tired they are of seeing failed Mariners crush it the following year in a different uniform.

    I for one am hoping he earns every bit of the $5.55m contract value. Thus giving the Hawks a serious 3 headed monster in the backfield with Rawls, Lacy, and Procise.

  18. What’s the difference between weight incentives and performance incentives in contracts? None!

    Performance incentives are worse in that it can influence a player to take PEDs to play better on the field or even put their body in greater harm by staying in the game instead of seeking medical attention.

    I wouldn’t worry about Lacy crash dieting to lose a few pounds. It’s not like he’s malnourished for extended periods at a time (I guess you can argue that since he likes to eat, lol).

  19. wow, a 250+ lbs guy having to lose 8 lbs is not a malnourishment story. It is a put-down-the-chicken-wings-and-grind story.

    I think the only danger here is that a professional athlete, paid millions to perform at a high level, might fail to lose a measly 8 lbs through a grueling season of professional sports.

  20. Lacy isn’t that talented – I still don’t know why he’s in the NFL – he has always been a porker who has to cut down his weight. I don’t think he’s as intelligent as a porker. His time is done in the NFL.

  21. Lacy showing up for work overweight is like a carpenter showing up without his hammer. But the carpenter gets fired, Lacy still makes $1m +.

  22. bhuettl says:
    May 15, 2017 3:09 PM
    Florio, really????? I find it tough to believe anyone would be malnourished at 245lbs.
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    Yes. You can be 245 lbs. and be malnourished if you are not eating healty food. If all you eat is pizza, hamburgers and doughnuts, you certainly are not getting proper nourishment. One’s weight doesn’t have any correlation to nourishment.

  23. His desire to play football is the story here. He doesn’t really care about getting into shape. Its just a quick paycheck then he can smoke pot and start working his way to 350lbs.

  24. I think when you have to put a weight clause in a contract it says a lot about the player’s motivation and professionalism. Why not just go sign someone who takes his job seriously and doesn’t need a babysitter. It’s not like Lacy is an All-Pro. If he’d rather eat than play football why have him on your team?

  25. In Lacy’s defense, his body thermostat might want to rest at somewhere around 275, given his activity level. He seemed like a hard runner at GB and nobody complained about him not working hard at practices and such. Haven’t you seen consistent, hard working people at the gym who appear to eat reasonably clean who can’t get to say, 19% body fat?

    What I worry about is him dehydrating to make weight. That will increase his risk of muscular and connective tissue injury. Reduce the fluid padding in his brain protecting against concussions. And be another signal for his body to store more fat, aka the camel effect.

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