Michael Giardi of CSN New England confirms that the Patriots have an offer on the table to free agent RB LeGarrette Blount and there’s mutual interest in him returning for the 2017 season. However, Giardi adds that the money is still an issue at this point in time.
Earlier in the week, Ian Rapoport reported something similar.
“I know LeGarrette Blount would like to return to the Patriots,” Rapoport said Monday. “I know the Patriots would like him back.”
The Patriots recently brought in Adrian Peterson for a visit, but Rapoport added that this visit could possibly move things along between New England and Bount.
“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 said.
Blount hasn’t found any reported interest since the free agent market officially opened close to a month ago, even though he’s coming off of a season in which he rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored a staggering 18 touchdowns for the Patriots.
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 have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.