Stephen Holder of Tampa Bay Times writes that the Buccaneers are still trying to work out a trade for RB LeGarette Blount trade.
Tampa Bay has reportedly been involved in a number of trades so far this offseason. They’ve already traded WR Arrelious Benn to the Eagles and have been in contact with the Jets regarding CB Darrelle Revis.
Trading Blount won’t be easy, as it appears as though there’s very little interest in the idea of parting with any amount of draft compensation for him at this point.
Anwar Richardson of MLive.com doesn’t see the Lions as an option for a potential LeGarette Blount trade.
Richardson writes that Lions needs a “speedy back” and adding Blount wouldn’t “fill the lack of explosiveness in Detroit’s run game.”
It’s hard to argue with that.
La Canfora mentions that the decision to re-sign him was to prevent other teams from trying to sign him away, had they placed a second-round tender on him.
La Canfora adds that Tampa Bay could be looking for a “mid-round pick” in return for Blount and specifically metions that others have suggested they could be asking for a fifth-round pick.
We’ll have to see a trade market develops for Blount in the next few days.
It’s certainly interesting that this deal has been completed for a few days now and yet this is the first we’ve heard of it.
Tampa Bay was reportedly considering using a first-round tender on Blount, 26, which would have $2.879 million for the upcoming season. Obviously, they were able to reach a more affordable agreement with him.
He struggled a lot last season and hasn’t developed into the solid goal-line back many believed he could be. Doug Martin is clearly the Buccaneers No. 1 guy moving forward, so keeping Blount could be nothing more than a trial period, as his new contract includes nothing in guarantees.