5 worst free agent signings under Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider

These five (or six?) free agents did not work out.

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No. 2 - Running back Eddie Lacy (2017)

Whatever Seattle was thinking in free agency in 2017 was not smart. The Seahawks were coming off the great years of the mid-2010s and maybe Schneider and Carroll thought the team was closer to getting back to being a Super Bowl contender than they really were. In many ways, the 2017 offseason was arguably one of the worst in team history.

No player that Seattle took in the 2017 draft remains on the roster. In fact, the team's first choice that year was Malik McDowell who never played for Seattle. Chris Carson was the team's best pick and he was a seventh-rounder whose career was cut short because of a neck injury. In free agency, the Seahawks signed Lacy and Joeckel, but they also brought in kicker Blair Walsh who was a disaster.

I am not sure what Schneider and Carroll thought they were doing with Lacy. He began his career with two straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but then he dropped to 758 in 2015 and 360 in 2016. Plus, he only participated in five games in his final year with the Green Bay Packers. When Lacy joined Seattle, he was so out of shape that the team gave him bonuses for simply losing weight.

He never seemed healthy or capable of helping the team, and he started only three games in 2017 for Seattle. He ran for 179 yards, zero touchdowns, and had an average yards-per-carry of an atrocious 2.6. Like most of the players ahead of him on this list, Lacy never played in the NFL again.