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New England Patriots give LeGarrette Blount pay cut

The New England Patriots were able to find a trade partner for Jeff Demps in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they added in a seventh-round pick to Demps in order to nab Buccaneers backup running back LeGarrette Blount. The Bucs never wanted to keep Blount, who had fallen out of favor with head coach Greg Schiano, so they were also glad to have found a trade partner for Blount. With their new seventh-round pick, the Bucs traded up for former Rutgers Scarlet Knights star RB Mike James, and it looks like he was the main attraction- not Demps- for the Bucs.

The deal looks like a good one for the Patriots, because they are getting a former 1,00o-yard running back. Two Buccaneers fans dropped into the site and commented on the Blount trade, and both of them believe Blount is a good running back who was mistreated by Schiano in Tampa Bay. That partially has to do with Doug Martin‘s excellent rookie season, but it also has to do with the fact that Schiano seems to despise Blount.

We can all agree that Blount is in a better situation in New England, because at least Bill Belichick is willing to allow the former 1,000-yard rusher to get back on track. Although he isn’t much of a pass blocker, Blount’s struggles as a pass-catcher are overstated. Blount is also a great pure rusher with good strength, excellent explosiveness, and underrated agility.

This is a great deal for the Patriots, because they could be getting a very good No. 2 back to help cut down on Stevan Ridley‘s workload. Ridley is obviously the feature back in New England, and that’s not going to change any time soon. However, he did have 290 carries last season, and it is probably best to shave maybe 50 carries or more off of that total.

Blount can be that kind of a guy for the Patriots as a backup, and the Pats aren’t going to pay him much either. The Buccaneers gave Blount a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, and that was cheap enough. But ESPN Boston reported that LeGarrette Blount agreed to take a near 50% pay cut and will now make $630,000 for a total of a $620,000 pay cut. And yes, that means Blount is making the minimum amount of money given to a four-year veteran. So Blount’s deal comes at no risk financially, because he is being paid the minimum on a one-year deal. For a guy who had a 1,000-yard season as a rookie, this is an absolute bargain for the Patriots. It’s also a sign that Blount knows his spot on the Patriots roster is far from guaranteed, and that he is working to clean up his act and fulfill his second chance at being a good player in this league whilst playing for an elite team in the New England Patriots.

Mike Reiss also reports that LeGarrette Blount is eligible for a $50,000 workout bonus.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Just wondering how much if not all of the $630,000 is guaranteed…..Still no guarantee he will make the roster….. fumblitize might be an issue. We will find out more during camp and preseason.

    • Joe Soriano

      The Bucs fans who commented said that Blount’s fumbling issues are exaggerated, FWIW. We will find out, though, and I think Blount’s fumbling issues are- at most- as pronounced as Ridley’s. But yeah, there’s definitely no guarantee of him making the roster.

  • Willy W

    Blounts issues have all been mental and what I mean by that is he shows up late for meetings, workouts.. and he has even fallen asleep during meetings. I know 1 thing for sure, Bill B will Never tolerate any of that so IF he wants to resurrect his career he had better mind his P’s & Q’s & follow Bill’s every word.

    As for his Fumbles, to me fumbles are fumbles, not sure how any Bucs fans can defend them. He needs to better protect the ball, end of story.

    The part I dont understand & am having the hardest time trying to figure out is WHY Bill feels we need another RB? We have ( pardon any names misspelled) Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, (Washington as a part timer) & they even have Develin, if he ever sees the light of day. So WHY add Blount, even if he was free I dont understand acquiring him. There arent alot of trades in the NFL compared to most other sports so its not as if we’re gonna trade lets say Vereen or Bolden for lets say an O-lineman or something, or at least Id be shocked if we did. So Why add Blount? If we end up cutting him then what a waste…

    • Hal Bent

      I am thinking that Blount is here just as a wake-up call for Brandon Bolden. Bolden looked like a keeper and then had the stupid suspension for PEDs…Demps was gone anyway, and if Bolden is suspended again, it is a one-year suspension and that really limits the depth behind Steven Ridley. Bolden barely got on the field after the suspension (like Jermaine Cunningham on defense, as well) and I think Belichick takes that kind of stupidity hurting the team during the season personally.

      • Willy W

        Well put & I agree. Bill seems to easily put players into his “Dog House” & then its hard to get back out of it. He has played “games” IMO w/ all the runningbacks, whether because of Fumbles or suspensions, what have you. But to have 5 RB’s still seems ridiculous to me & I fear we’ll lose out on a good back & get nothing because of Bill’s personal feelings, more than the players overall worth…