BOSTON (CBS) — LeGarrette Blount is no longer a New England Patriot.
The free-agent running back signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
The deal is for two years.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter later confirmed the report.
The Patriots had reportedly shown interest in re-signing Blount, but with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen handling the bulk of the running back duties, signing Blount was not necessarily a top priority.
Blount, 27, ran for 772 yards and seven touchdowns last season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. He came on late in the season for New England, rushing for 466 yards and eight touchdowns in a three-game stretch from Week 16 through the divisional round of the playoffs. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry in those three games, but he ran for just six yards on five carries in the AFC Championship Game in Denver.
Blount becomes the fourth Patriots player to leave via free agency, with the first three — Brandon Spikes, Aqib Talib, Dane Fletcher — being defensive players.
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