While he’s dealing with a personal matter at the moment, Charles will head to Seattle and take a visit as soon as he’s ready. The obvious connection between Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and Seahawks general manager John Schneider seems to be providing the momentum in this one.
Seattle is very young at the running back position and has dotted its platoon with veterans over the past two seasons. Charles would provide Russell Wilson with a great pass catcher out of the backfield and allow the Seahawks to be more versatile with the recovering C.J. Prosise. While he’s no sure thing having appeared in just eight games over the last two seasons, Charles appears to be coming off an important break when he got both knees repaired.
But is Lacy an upgrade? He was never the picture of health during his time in Green Bay, but often proved his toughness playing through lower body injuries. As Danny Kelly of The Ringer notes, Lacy fits the type of running back Pete Carroll covets. The gum-chewing coach desires “physical punishment” over all else in the running game, and when he’s right, Lacy certainly can lower the boom. And while many are quick to disparage Lacy’s 2016 tape, even though he was still carrying more weight than the Packers desired, the big back was running the ball well before suffering a serious ankle injury.
Since free agency kicked off last Thursday, the running back puzzle was still a jumbled mess. The signings of Danny Woodhead and Jacquizz Rodgers didn’t offer much clarity — they were akin to finding the corner pieces. Now with Eddie Lacy signing a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the picture is becoming more clear.
Last week, Lacy sent a tweet detailing a 30-day workout plan set to begin on June 1 as he attempts to enter training camp in the best shape of his life. That dedication to fitness had to begin sooner for Lacy to cash in on some of the incentive money in his new deal.
Lacy’s weight has been something of an ongoing fascination of the football cognoscenti. Back in March, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Lacy weighed in at 267 for one of his free-agent team visits.
The former Bills star gained just 112 yards last season with the Saints. That was a letdown after coach Sean Payton spun loads of pretty poetry about Spiller after inking him to a free-agent deal before the 2015 season. The Saints, though, never found a true role for him, especially with Spiller suffering a handful of injuries.
The 29-year-old runner has never come close to matching his monster season of 2012, but the Seahawks do a good job with their backfield. They obviously see something they like in Spiller, but make no mistake about it: This should be — and will be — Michael’s backfield in 2016.
Behind Tony Romo, the 31-year-old running back has been the subject of most curiosity since the start of the new league year. A steady stream of ideal destinations has been released from the running back’s camp, but for the time being, there has been little movement. Now, a picture of realistic suitors for the seven-time Pro Bowler may start emerging.
As Rapoport reported previously, the best option for Peterson may be to remain with the Vikings. He is still considered a franchise face there and wholesale nfl jerseys and the team would already have a far better idea of how to use him. As noted earlier, the Seahawks seem to be on a very broad search for a veteran power back and it’s unclear if Peterson will ultimately fit in.
Walsh missed four field goals and four extra points in 2016 before being cut in mid-November. After a stellar start to his career in 2012, Walsh struggled the past two regular seasons, missing a combined nine field goal attempts and eight extra points.
The most infamous of Walsh’s misses came in the 2015 postseason, when he blew a chip-shot field goal that cost the Vikings a chance to pull the playoff upset over Seattle in the wild-card round.