Contract incentives are a funny thing – both literally and figuratively.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Seattle Seahawks’ new running back, Eddie Lacy, had earned an additional $55,000 from the club for weighing in at 250 or less.
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If you aren’t exactly sure what the big deal about it is, before Lacy joined the Seahawks, he played for the Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 2013.
To put it as sensitively as possible, Lacy, who was never a slight-framed guy to begin with, put on a little weight over his three seasons in Green Bay.
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The criticism he received both from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and social media was pretty harsh, but Lacy’s laughing all the way to the bank now.
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He’s now $110,000 richer because he hit an incentive on May 15th to be at least 255 pounds or less, so he picked up his first $55,000 then.
Lacy actually has a seven-tier incentive structure in his contract designed to keep him in tip-top shape. It seems to be working so far. If it continues to work, he will end up with an additional $385,000 on top of his $2.865 million base salary.