Eddie Lacy will return to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face his old teammates and former coach, Mike McCarthy. The Seattle Seahawks signed the free agent running back to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million this offseason when the Packers decided to let Lacy hit the open market.
During a conference call with the Seattle media, McCarthy discussed the decision to move forward without Lacy this season.
“Well number one, we have to recognize Eddie was an excellent, excellent player for us for three years there and it is unfortunate that you don’t get to continue on with your own guys and that is usually the way we go forward,” McCarthy explained. “He made a decision that he felt like he needed to make, so I just hope he is doing great off the field and we look forward to competing against him on Sunday.
“I have great respect for Eddie, as a player and he was a good teammate in his time here in Green Bay.”
Lacy spent the offseason recovering from an ankle injury that left him on the bench the majority of his final year in Green Bay. Now healthy and working diligently to keep his weight in check for his bonus checks, Lacy could start Sunday with Thomas Rawls still battling an ankle injury of his own.
So while the Seahawks are looking forward with Lacy, the Packers aren’t looking back.
“Well those are really questions from back in the spring,” McCarthy continued. “I mean free agency is tough on each and every team. Ideally, if you look at our history, we like to try to sign our own guys. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”
Lacy and the rest of his Seattle teammates will have a walk-through on Friday before hitting the road for Green Bay later in the afternoon.
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