BOSTON (CBS) — LeGarrette Blount is now officially a former member of the New England Patriots.
The free-agent running back signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that it’s worth $2.8 million.
The Patriots were expected to move on from Blount after the team acquired Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee in the offseason. Yet last week, the team placed a tender on him which would include Blount in the NFL’s compensatory pick formula, a stipulation which made him somewhat less attractive on the free-agent market.
Yet it didn’t take much longer for Blount to find work for the 2017 season. It makes sense, considering he’s coming off an 18-touchdown, 1,161-yard season.
Blount’s departure will now aid the Patriots in the compensatory pick formula for the 2018 draft.
Blount went undrafted in 2010, Blount signed as a rookie with the Tennessee Titans. But he was released before the season began, and he’s since played for the Buccaneers, Patriots and Steelers.
He’s rushed for 5,122 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career, while also catching 46 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown. He also has 597 kick return yards on 22 returns in his career. If Blount scores 10 more rushing touchdowns, he can climb into the top 50 of all time.
In 11 playoff games — all with the Patriots — Blount has rushed for 470 yards and eight touchdowns on 111 carries.
The Patriots depth chart at running back now includes Burkhead, Gillislee, James White and Dion Lewis at running back, as well as D.J. Foster and Brandon Bolden.