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Seahawks’ Twitter mailbag: Eddie Lacy’s incentives, Seattle backup QB options

More Seahawks’ mailbag questions about Eddie Lacy’s incentives and the backup QB spot.

Time for some more Seahawks’ Twitter mailbag questions.

Q: So, what do you make of the news of Eddie Lacy’s performance-based contract incentives?

A: Okay, no one specifically asked this. But it’s a good question to bat around after the news Wednesday from ESPN detailing the rest of Lacy’s contract, a one-year deal worth as much as $5.5 million overall but with just $2.865 million guaranteed. As has been well-chronicled, Lacy can also earn $385,000 for hitting specific weights seven times throughout the year, each weigh-in worth $55,000.

But the contract also includes some significant incentives based on yards gained — one reason the Seahawks had intimated at the time of the signing that they’d be a pretty happy team if Lacy earned all of the money in the deal.

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Wrote ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia: “Per a league source, Lacy’s contract includes a potentially bigger bonus tied to rushing yards. If he runs for at least 800 yards, Lacy will cash in on an additional $250,000. If he hits 900 yards, he’ll get $500,000. For a 1,000-yard season, Lacy receives $750,000. For 1,100 yards, the number jumps to $1 million. And if Lacy rushes for 1,200 yards or more, he’ll get $1.3 million. (He is eligible to receive just one of the bonuses tied to yardage; they don’t accumulate.)’’

My initial reaction is that these are the most fascinating incentives any Seahawk has had in a while.

The one notable player who has had a contract with a lot of performance-based incentives is Doug Baldwin, whose deal before the one he signed last year called for some significant money based on receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Baldwin ultimately earned an additional $750,000 in 2015 (when his base salary was $2.8 million) when he caught 78 passes for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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