It’s time for running back Eddie Lacy to put his money where his mouth is. Literally.
The former Green Bay Packers star has signed one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, but the contract isn’t the usual standard fare: In addition to a guaranteed $2.865 million, Lacy's contract includes a $385,000 workout bonus available only if he keeps his weight below a certain number, according to an ESPN report.
The new contract has seven—count ‘em, seven!—different weigh-in targets for Lacy, each worth $55,000. Lacy will have to get to 255 pounds by May, then 250 pounds in June and August. Once the season gets going, he’ll have to stay at 245 pounds from September through December.
It's not an unprecedented move. Over the past two seasons, the stout running back has reportedly struggled with weight issues. In 2016 he only played in five games for the Packers the due to injuries, and his weight became problematic, even earning Lacy some criticism from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. And other players, like the titanic Vince Wilfork, have received weight incentives before:
Eddie Lacy's $385,000 weight clause is the highest single-season weight incentive I've ever seen. Vince Wilfork had $300K one year.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 15, 2017
Of course, power is part of Lacy’s skillset, which helped him rush for over 1,100 yards over back-to-back seasons in 2013-14. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll already has ideas about how he wants to use Lacy alongside fellow running backs C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls.
"I want him big. I want him big and tough and strong," the Seahawks coach said on 710 ESPN Seattle. "But I want him in the best shape so that he can run at his best and be durable and handle the load—235 [lbs], that's at the time he came out [of the draft], he was there. But he's developed. Into his [240s], he's really dangerous."
To slim down for the Packers, Lacy worked with P90X founder Tony Horton. At the time, the results definitely showed:
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) May 24, 2016
“We did P90X, we did P90X2, we did 22 Minute Hard Corps, we did a lot of my personal workouts," Horton said in 2016. "We did pullups and pushups until we couldn't lift our arms. We did everything. I had him do plyometrics twice a week. And then just pure cardio just to burn calories once a week. We had three days a week that were heavy on the plyometrics and the heart, lungs and legs. Then the other days of the week it was more resistance—body weight, functional fitness, balance, speed, range of motion and things like that. A lot of core work, which was really important for him."
Now Lacy has some true incentive to keep his weight down—and if he does, he’ll cash in.
For all you big guys out there looking to drop weight while getting stronger at the same time, Men’s Fitness has the perfect plan for you: