Eagles Land Rusher LeGarrette Blount on One-Year Deal
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract. Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdown last season with 18.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Insider, the Eagles signed the 30-year-old Blount to a deal worth $2.8 million. He will provide the Eagles with a goal-line, short-yardage rusher that they have been lacking in the past seasons.
Rapoport said Blount picked the Eagles over the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants, who both offered him a contract. With Blount's signing, the Eagles may release oft-injured rusher Ryan Mathews. The move can save the Eagles $4 million in salary cap space.
Blount will join the Eagles' backfield composed of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Mathews and fourth-round rookie Donnel Pumphrey. Last season, Blount ran for 1,161 yards on 299 carries and can carry the rushing load if need while the smaller backs take care of pass-catching duties.
Recently, Eagles GM Howie Roseman added receiver Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith and defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan via reasonable deals to put Philadelphia in the playoff hunt. Roseman added Jeffery to provide quarterback Carson Wentz with an additional target aside from Jordan Matthews, Zack Ertz, Brent Celek and Nelson Agholor.
Earlier, the New England Patriots tagged a tender Blount to allow them to use the running back's departure as part of their compensation formula, despite the signing happening after May 9, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com. Blount was set to earn a base salary of $1.1 million, with a max value of $2.1 million if he stayed in New England as part of the tender.
The Patriots wanted to keep Blount but cannot agree on contract value with the running back asking for more guaranteed money, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. The Patriots then signed former Buffalo Bills running back Mike Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet. The Bills did not match the offer sheet, allowing Gillislee to join the Patriots.
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