By this point, Lacy was pretty much done with the Packers, who moved on with converted WR Ty Montgomery as their new starting RB. When his rookie contract expired, Lacy hit free agency with plenty of questions surrounding his health and commitment to staying in shape. With the market already low on running backs, a multiyear deal likely wasn’t in the cards for Lacy, who took a one-year offer from the Seahawks worth up to $5.5 million, with $3 million in guarantees.
Lacy’s weight was no secret anymore (he reportedly weighed in at 267 pounds during free agent visits), so the Seahawks put in some creative clauses in his contract, paying out a bonus for every monthly weight target the team wants him to make.
Getting paid to lose weight sounds like a sweet gig, so once again Lacy got to work. He passed his first weigh-in in May at 253 pounds, beating the limit of 255. He got a $55,000 check for that accomplishment and got another $55,000 for being under 250 pounds in June. The goal is for Lacy to be around 245 pounds during the actual season, so he’s well on his way toward getting there.
It’s hard to know what to make of Ford at this point. He played just a bit role his first two years, before Justin Houston’s knee injury opened up a chance for more playing time. For half of the 2016 season, Ford looked like a breakout star, racking up 10 sacks in the first nine games. However, a hamstring injury slowed him down, and he never got another sack the rest of the season. Maybe he’ll be more productive when healthy next year, but Ford has yet to put together a complete season.
Is this still the biggest question mark of the first round? With Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick entrenched as the starting CBs, Dennard hasn’t really had a chance to see the field in meaningful snaps. It’s possible he simply plays out his rookie contract and tests the free agent market next spring. Dennard isn’t a complete bust yet, but the Bengals might’ve been better off using this pick on a higher-need position.