While the Green Bay Packers are in the middle of a playoff race, running back Eddie Lacy is stuck on the sideline. Hopefully, for Lacy, his time in the Green and Gold doesn’t end in a walking boot.
Unfortunately, it’s a possible outcome for the pending free agent, who won’t be able to suit up again this season.
Lacy spoke out about his injury earlier this week. He talked about how it was soon apparent, there would be no return from IR. The injury turned out to be more severe than expected.
Yet Lacy, who ran 71 times for 360 yards (5.1 YPC) said there should be no long-term affects. The fourth-year back confirmed he would be ready for offseason workouts.
Maybe the most important thing Lacy did though, was express his desire to return to the Packers next season. Here’s what he told ESPN.
“I would love to be,” Lacy said. “I don’t see myself wanting to be anywhere else, but that’s something I can’t focus on right now.”
“Honestly I have no idea how any of that works. I’ll just sit back, talk to my agent and we’ll see where it goes.”
Lacy’s last two seasons haven’t been ideal. He was hampered by injuries in both. When he was healthy this season, he was effective. And seeing that he is just two years removed from back-to-back 1,100 yard seasons, the Packers would be justified in giving him another chance.
But if they do, it must be at the right price.
Just like the deal they made with Nick Perry last offseason, the Packers shouldn’t pay more than a few million dollars and shouldn’t commit to more than one or two years at most.
Ty Montgomery is showing promise and there’s always running back talent in the draft. So the Packers could easily try to replace Lacy.
Hope Packers bring back Eddie Lacy on a short deal. He and Ty Montgomery could be a nice 1-2 punch.
— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) December 13, 2016
If the Packers do bring him back and he’s healthy, there’s no reason he can’t return to the Pro-Bowl form. I’d half expect him too.
It’s the kind of move that makes sense for Green Bay because it carries limited risk and a big reward.
But if another team swoops in with a big money offer, I’d expect the Packers to decline. They should want Lacy back, but only if he fits into their price range.