There was a lot of speculation about where former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount would land this season as a free agent. On Wednesday, that question was answered.
Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount finally found a new home on Wednesday afternoon. The 30-year-old who spent most of the previous four seasons with the New England Patriots agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Blount can make up to $2.8 million.
Blount had an NFL-best 18 touchdowns last season with the Patriots to go along with a career-high 1,161 yards. His 18 scores were also a franchise record for a running back.
New England prioritized signing free-agent running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead this offseason instead. Blount received the rare May 9 tender, allowing him to count towards the Patriots compensatory formula if he signed with another team before July 22. They are now projected to receive a compensatory draft pick after Blount signed with Philly.
The Eagles will be Blount’s fourth team in eight seasons. Blount started his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent. He then briefly played with the Pittsburgh Steelers in between two stints in New England.
In Pittsburgh, Blount and fellow running back Le’Veon Bell were charged with marijuana possession while together during the summer of 2014. Ironically, they were on their way to the airport for a preseason game at Philly. Both were issued suspensions by the league, with Blount serving one game, the 2015 regular-season opener.
Blount will join former Patriot Chris Long in Philadelphia next season after he signed a two-year deal earlier in free agency. Long seems to be thrilled with Blount’s decision to join him.