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Pete Carroll on reportedly overweight Eddie Lacy: ‘I want him big’

The Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday signed Eddie Lacy to a reported one-year, $3 million deal that with incentives could be worth up to $5.5 million.

Shortly after the news of Lacy’s signing broke came reports that Lacy, who has battled weight issues throughout his career, has put on some pounds this offseason.

Perhaps some pounds is underselling it a bit, as a report suggests Lacy weighed in at 267 pounds during his free agency visits.

It appears, though, that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has adopted the philosophy of bigger is better, at least to a certain extent.

“I want him big,” Carroll said of Lacy during an interview Tuesday on Seattle’s 710 ESPN.

As noted in McGinn’s tweet, Lacy tipped the scales at 234 pounds with the Green Bay Packers last season, a campaign in which injury limited him to five games, 71 carries, 360 yards and no touchdowns. This after an offseason where Lacy dedicated himself to being in better shape.

Carroll also suggested to expect Lacy to be in the 230s is unrealistic and that the running back’s target weight should be in the 240s range. He added a “concerted effort” will be made to keep Lacy in shape.

Carroll also declined to contradict the reports on Lacy’s weight, but did note this offseason has been “a hard time for [Lacy] because he’s working some rehab right now,” per the reporting of ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia on Twitter.

For what it’s worth, Lacy seems grateful to the Seahawks for the opportunity.

Perhaps the Seahawks’ faith will inspire Lacy to be hungry for long-term health and on-field success.