LeGarrette Blount Signs With Philadelphia Eagles

LeGarrette Blount

Jim Davis-The Boston Globe

Former New England Patriots Running Back LeGarrette Blount has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday.

The following is from Ian Rapoport about the terms of the deal.

Blount had a phenomenal season for the Patriots in 2016. He led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 18. This was his highest number of touchdowns in a season, 11 more than his previous highest of 7 with the Patriots in 2013. He also had a 1,000-yard rushing season, finishing with 1,161 yards on 299 carries. This was also his highest season for total yards since he rushed for 1,007 yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010.

The Arizona Cardinals were also reported to have shown interested in the 6-foot, 250-pound running back. Last week, the Patriots gave Blount an unrestricted free agent tender. That move was to make sure Blount counted toward a 2018 compensatory pick.

This is a move that will immediately bolster the Eagles backfield. Last year, the majority of touches was given to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Mathews finished the 2016 season with 661 yards, 8 touchdowns, and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Sproles finished his 2016 season with 438 yards, 3 touchdowns, and averaged 4.7 yards per carry.

This will be Blount’s 4th team that he has played for during his NFL career. He spent his first 3 seasons in the NFL playing for Tampa Bay. He then came over to the Patriots during the 2013.

He played a majority of his 2014 season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he only had 266 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns. He was released by the Steelers and was picked up by the Patriots that same season and finished with 281 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns in only 5 games with the Patriots. He continued his career as a Patriot in 2015 and 2016, where he finished those 2 seasons with 1,864 yards on the ground, 24 touchdowns, and 4.1 yards per carry.

The Patriots should manage without Blount’s services this upcoming season. With a deep backfield consisting of Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden, Rex Burkhead, and Mike Gillislee, the Patriots will have plenty of options going forward.

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