Eddie Lacy is a “big, tough guy who’s going to send a message” as the Seahawks look to get their running game back on track, Pete Carroll said today.
“We’ve respected his play for years,” Carroll told 710 ESPN’s John Clayton. “He’s really tough and he’s physical and a big load. He’s an exciting guy to add to the mix.”
Carroll said Lacy will mix with Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and whoever else the Hawks have at running back when they get started. “We’ll find a good rotation to help everybody out,” Carroll said.
Weight has been a big issue for Lacy in his four-year NFL career, all spent in Green Bay (which drafted him in the second round in 2013). One report today said he weighed 267 for one of the teams he visited, although a picture of him at the Minneapolis airport last week made him look lighter than that.
Carroll said the Seahawks want him big — maybe around 245. “There will be a real concerted effort to make sure he’s at his very best. He’s well aware of expectations. … We have a real target for him.”
Carroll also said Lacy is going through some rehab right now — he had ankle surgery in October — and has to work to get down to the target.
“This is a chance for him to prove it and show where he is in the league,” Carroll said.
The Seahawks have given $10 million guaranteed on two one-year prove-it deals, to Lacy and Luke Joeckel.
Carroll said, “This brings out the very best in them. … Give them a chance to show where they stand and how they fit with the club moving forward.”
He also said the team expects to sign them long term next year. “We’re going to think that way until there’s reason to think otherwise.”
As for Joeckel, Carroll said he is five months into rehab from an ACL injury and is “way ahead of schedule,” on track for offseason work.
Carroll said Joeckel will work on the left side of the line, either at tackle or guard. The Seahawks thought he played very well at left guard before getting hurt last year.
As for losing T.J. Lang to Detroit, Carroll said, “We thought we had him … but he had a chance to stay home, and that won out.” Carroll said it was a surprise that Lang even considered Seattle after buying a home in Michigan.
Carroll also said the Hawks are not done trying to add experience to the line, and they apparently still were hosting running back Latavius Murray today and Jamaal Charles on Wednesday.
The Seahawks now have about $13 million in cap space, which means really about $7 million or $8 million to spend on an offensive lineman and any other free agents.