How would you like to earn some extra money at your job by losing weight?
That’s exactly what Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount can do this summer. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Blount will reportedly earn $50,000 if he weighs between 240-245 pounds by the time he reports for the start of Eagles training camp on Wednesday, July 26.
Blount is currently listed at 250 pounds on the Philadelphia Eagles’ official website roster. Those height/weight numbers aren’t always accurate, but in this case it’s all we have to go by. Blount refused to reveal his weight when asked about it during his first press conference in Philadelphia.
REPORT: HOW MUCH DO YOU WEIGH?
Blount: The weight I need to be at. (laughs)
These weight clauses are hardly new in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks have implemented this incentive strategy in order to keep Eddie Lacy in shape. New Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe reportedly has a $500,000 weight clause in his contract.
Blount’s weight clause bonus isn’t as big as it is for some other players. But he’s also not being asked to lose as much weight as players such as Lacy (22 pounds) and Poe (16 pounds). Blount is specifically being rewarded for being in a certain weight range (240-245) compared to just being under a certain number.
If the Eagles’ roster listing is any indication, Blount has just under a month to shed five pounds and maintain his weight at that point. Seems like a pretty reasonable goal for Philadelphia’s projected 2017 lead running back.