New England Patriots news suggests that there’s mutual interest between free agent Running Back LeGarrette Blount and the 2017 Super Bowl champions. The five-time Super Bowl champions are looking for a power-type RB to go along with Dion Lewis, James White, and newly acquired Rex Burkhead.
“I know LeGarrette Blount would like to return to the Patriots. I know the Patriots would like him back,” Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said.
“But at this point the salary hasn’t been more than some of the other running backs on the roster already make, especially some of the newly acquired ones in Rex Burhead. They are just not there yet as far as getting LeGarrette Blount back in the fold for the Patriots.”
Patriots interested in Blount
Patriots’ interest in LeGarrette Blount has risen ever since the visit of Adrian Peterson. The 32-year-old free agent RB visited New England and left without a contract.
“Maybe this spurs things along or maybe he’s able to get a visit somewhere that will let the Patriots know that he has other suitors,” Rapoport added.
The 30-year-old is coming off a season where he rushed over 1,000 yards. He also scored a staggering 18 touchdowns for the Patriots. However, Blount is yet to attract any interest from teams since the free agent market opened close to a month back.
Blount still loves New England
Blount, in a post-Super Bowl LI appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, revealed that a return to the New England Patriots was his top priority in free agency. The man from Perry, Florida mentioned his love for the franchise.
“I love being here and they know I love being here. … I feel great. I’m 30 years old, not a lot of wear and tear on my body. I feel like I’ll be able to play for as long as I want,” Blount said.
It is surprising to see Blount struggling to find himself a team in the free agency. The RB who led the league with 18 touchdowns last season has to find himself on the bench while the likes of Tom Brady is in comeback mode.
The 6-ft-0 one-dimensional power back originally signed on with the Tennessee Titans in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. However, he was unable to make the 53-man roster during his rookie season.
In 2016, Blount rushed for 1,161 yards on 299 carries (3.9 YPC) to go along with 18 rushing touchdowns and seven receptions for 38 yards receiving. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 39 running back out of 62 qualifying players.
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