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Patriots Preparing To Lose RB LeGarrette Blount In Free Agency?

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports gets the sense that the Patriots believe some team is going to make free agent RB LeGarrette Blount an offer they won’t be willing to match.

Robinson believes New England is already preparing for this to happen.

The Patriots have money to spend this offseason, but it appears as though they could allow some players like Blount and possibly CB Logan Ryan to depart for market-value contracts.

Blount has said previously that he “definitely” wants to be back in New England next year. However, it sounds like the Patriots won’t be the highest bidder for him this offseason.

“I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England,” Blount said, via NFL.com. “I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I’ve become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is. We’ll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I’m in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to.

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 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.