Dec 29, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs past Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Stefan Charles (96) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Free Agent Profile: LeGarrette Blount

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) rushes the ball during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

LeGarrette Blount is an interesting case for the New England Patriots. He started the year off quietly, not really making an impact for the first half of the season. But he finished the 2013 campaign in a dominating fashion, which gives the Patriots a tough decision to make this offseason. Are they willing to pay Blount solid money? I honestly am not sold on that idea, which is why I am leaning towards them not re-signing him.

New England has two solid backs in Shane Vereen, and Stevan Ridley, who have much more talent than Blount, and they have youth on their side. But the physicality, and the power that Blount brings to the table can’t be matched by either Ridley or Vereen, and it was something that really helped out the Pats offense in the later stages of the 2013 season. There were reports saying that the Patriots would be willing to give Blount roughly $2 million a year, which is good, but he might be able to find more somewhere else.

I hope Blount stays in Foxboro for the 2014 season, because when he gets on a roll, he is tough to bring down. He has also become a great short yardage back, as once he lowered his pad level, he let his powerful body take over. If New England were to let him go, Stevan Ridley would probably get his number called in short yardage situations, and even though I love Ridley, and I think he is the best back on the Pats, Blount is much better when it comes time to grind out a yard or two. We will see what happens, but my gut feeling right now, is Blount won’t be back in 2014 (I hope I’m wrong).

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