Lacy visited the Vikings on Saturday and Sunday and the team announced his departure without a contract on Sunday night. Lacy also left Seattle without a contract after visiting there before arriving in Minnesota. As he had planned since the start of free agency, he was making the short trek from Minnesota to Green Bay on Sunday night, but told ESPN at the airport Sunday night that his visit with the Vikings was “pretty cool.”
The former Alabama star has spent the first four years of his career with the Green Bay Packers, playing 15 or more games in each of his first three seasons there, but playing only five games last year after a foot injury limited his availability.
He rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons, scoring 20 rushing touchdowns over that span. However, in 2015, he dropped to 758 yards and last year ran for only 360 yards in five games, although he did average 5.1 yards per carry.
The Vikings continue their search for a replacement for Peterson, who is scheduled to visit Seattle in the coming days. While Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray and Lacy highlight the free-agent running back class, the draft class is strong at the position.