Ian Rapoport reports that the Eagles are signing veteran RB LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract worth up to $2.8 million on Wednesday.
- According to Rapoport, Blount had offers from the Cardinals and Giants before agreeing to terms with the Eagles.
The Eagles have already confirmed the news:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) May 17, 2017
Blount had been linked to the Giants, Ravens and Lions in recent weeks, but it appears the Eagles elected to step in and get a deal done.
Philadelphia needed another running back and Blount should give them a bruising option to go along with Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey. It will be interesting to see if they elect to move on from Ryan Mathews now that they’ve added Bount.
Blount, 30, originally signed on with the Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon back in 2010. He was unable to make the Titans’ 53-man roster during his rookie season but was later claimed off of waivers by the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay elected to trade Blount to the Patriots in return for Jeff Demps and a late-round pick after three years. Blount had a brief stint with the Steelers before he was cut loose during the 2013 season and later re-signed by the Patriots.
Last year, the Patriots brought Blount back on a one-year, $760,000 contract.
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.
We had him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.