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LeGarrette Blount: I won’t be happy if Bucs draft Trent Richardson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount reacts Reuters

The Buccaneers may select Alabama running back Trent Richardson with the fifth pick in this year’s NFL draft. If they do, they’ll have an unhappy camper in running back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount told Will Brinson of CBSSports.com that if the Bucs draft Richardson, “I would not like that pick. I would definitely not be happy with that pick.”

Speaking at the unveiling of the NFL’s new Nike uniforms (an event for which he’s missing the start of the Bucs’ voluntary offseason program), Blount told Brinson he doesn’t want to be a Brandon Jacobs-type player who comes in for short-yardage situations. Blount wants to be the every-down back, and if Richardson comes in as the fifth overall pick, Blount will view Richardson as a competitor for the No. 1 running back job, not a partner on a team that uses a running back-by-committee approach.

As JoeBucsFan.com notes, if Blount were the type who offered politically correct answers, he’d have said that he’ll welcome whoever Tampa Bay takes with open arms. But Blount is not interested in political correctness. And Blount is not interested in sharing carries with Richardson, either.

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73 Responses to “LeGarrette Blount: I won’t be happy if Bucs draft Trent Richardson”
  1. shaunypoo says: Apr 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    Do your job better and you won’t have to worry about it. But it is too late now, isn’t it?

  2. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Apr 3, 2012 3:46 PM

    *Dr. Evil Voice*
    And when LeGarrette gets angry, people get punched.

  3. trbowman says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    His response was quite blount.

  4. vonmiller58 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    We’ll then, play like Adrian Peterson and you won’t have that problem.

  5. youngry says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Blount is awful at short yardage, always is stutter-stepping or going lateral instead of lowering his head and bolwing people over. He also can’t seem to grasp pass pro schemes and came off the field on 3rd down for Kregg Lumpkin, who was rated the worst 3rd down back in football by some stat geeks, which speaks volumes for what the previous coaches thought of his 3rd down ability. In other words, he’s extremely limited and has so far proven he’s not an every-down back.

    Don’t get me wrong I love Blount, but he’s only got himself to blame.

  6. buchopeful says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Love ya bro, but get over it..be a team player or hit the bricks.. we don’t need an “Its all me” attitude from you or any other player for that matter.

  7. thatstinks says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    I hate to tell this cat but if Trent Richardson is drafted with the 5th pick there is no need to view him as competition . Trent Richardson has your job .

  8. cakemixa says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Hmm, the last time an NFC South RB was mad about his team taking another RB in the first round, he was traded before the season started.

  9. 808raiderinparadise says: Apr 3, 2012 3:47 PM

    Translation … Imma knock him out like that white boi from Boise State.

  10. lajmahal says: Apr 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    This guy! He should be happy he even has a job in the NFL. T-Rich better watch out for that sucker punch.

  11. karlton2 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:48 PM

    He’s named Blount, what did you expect the guy to say?

  12. geemoney713 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Maybe you should sucker punch Trent when you meet him then. Oh wait… probably not a great idea.

  13. mding729 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Legarrette,

    If they draft Trent Richardson, are you going to punch him?

  14. vegaskid21 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Do DO do Do Do do DO: Hit the road jack, and don’t cha come back no more.

  15. skinsrock says: Apr 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    Insert “punch in the face” jokes here _________.

  16. geo1113 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:49 PM

    I see no reason for Blount to be politically correct. But if the Bucs pick Richardson, it is up to him to prove his value.

  17. braven4evr says: Apr 3, 2012 3:50 PM

    You have to respect the HONESTY! All too often people try to say the right thing instead of speaking the truth!

  18. captatl says: Apr 3, 2012 3:50 PM

    Dude, you have had every oppertunity to prove that they don’t need to dfart another back. But you have failed in those chances. Being unhappy and not controling yourself is just another reason the Bucs will let you walk once they have a replacement.

  19. shabazkilla says: Apr 3, 2012 3:52 PM

    Hey LeGarrette, Bucs fans won’t be happy if you keep fumbling the damn ball!

  20. sportmentary says: Apr 3, 2012 3:52 PM

    Let me blount, it’s not your decision. They wqnt to fill a void in an area you aren’t filling!

  21. comeonnowguys says: Apr 3, 2012 3:53 PM

    Just like the Forte situation. The days of having one featured back are gone. Use it for motivation if you like, but don’t begrudge your team for adapting to the times.

  22. andyreidisfat says: Apr 3, 2012 3:53 PM

    I love Blount as a football player ( we all know he sucks as a people), I just don’t see a big enough production difference between him and Richardson to warrant a top 5 pick.

    If I am the bucs I am taking Blackmon or keuckley. They could also take the corner but IMO he is a bit overrated.

    If you look at the nfl rb landscape most of the starters were not top picks. Heck the best back in the nfl was thought to be a reach in the second round in shady McCoy.

    This draft has so many good players at tough positions to find like corner and dt, why would you pick a player first who’s production most likely will be matched by some unknown 5th rounder

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 3, 2012 3:53 PM

    I’m afraid Blount is the type of guy that just shuts down in a situation like the one described above. If the Bucs are set on drafting Richardson, they would be better of trading Blount and keeping a positive lockerroom.

  24. bsizemore68 says: Apr 3, 2012 3:54 PM

    He is just another ME guy who loves the video and Mic, Richardson will pass him real quick, seems like a burger flipper who has a little bit of talent and will soon be long gone. Bill

  25. detroitcityryda says: Apr 3, 2012 3:56 PM

    Lions should trade for him give the bucks one of our defensive ends or tackles we got plenty and they need to shore up that D. He would be a good fit for us ,strong powerful back just what we need with lashoure probably suspended , best and smith injury prone all the time.

  26. ohenry78 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:01 PM

    Sharing the load = less wear and tear = longer shelf life = more earning potential. And the RB position needs every bit of shelf life it can get.

  27. bigredscouting says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Yea, so. Your an overratted big back, with fumble issues. Trent Richardson is 10 times the back Blount could dream of being. You don’t like it…to bad, your not good enough to be irreplaceable. Glad Blount is once agian showing why I would cut his sorry behind if he were on my team.

  28. cooklynn17 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Who cares if you are happy or not?

  29. cliffordc05 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Richardson will not be competition for the number one running back slot; Richardson will be the number one running back. Blount doesn’t like that prospect but then maybe he should not have put the ball on the ground this last year. Blount doesn’t like it…..too damn bad.

  30. zampft says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Blount was at his worst in short yardage situations… he won’t have to worry about that role.

  31. pdxbolt says: Apr 3, 2012 4:04 PM

    Memo to Trent from an Oregon Duck fan….Do NOT turn your back on Blount.

  32. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Apr 3, 2012 4:05 PM

    1. Ball security
    2. Pass Catching
    3. Pass Blocking
    4. Short yardage
    Richardson is far superior to Blount in all those areas which are essential for a complete, three down back. When you get replaced by a fullback and jorneyman third stringer for those situations you shouldn’t be surprised when your team considers drafting someone who can fill those roles and is also a more explosive player in general than you are.

  33. ubummer says: Apr 3, 2012 4:06 PM

    And we all know that the purpose of the draft for the entire multibillion dollar enterprise known as the NFL is to make Blount happy.

  34. eaglesfootballfan says: Apr 3, 2012 4:07 PM

    Bucs are either going to get Morris Claibourne or Trent Richardson. Book it

  35. biggerballz says: Apr 3, 2012 4:10 PM

    you can’t blame blount for an idiot coach who would try and pass every down and hand off the ball 5 times in a game.

  36. cambodianbreastmilk says: Apr 3, 2012 4:11 PM

    What a smart thing to say by a guy that’s been in the league for 2yrs, was undrafted, had character concerns coming out of college and has ball control issues.

  37. klunge says: Apr 3, 2012 4:12 PM

    If they draft Richardson, James Blount has a better chance of winning the #1 spot than LeGarrette does.

  38. trojan33sc says: Apr 3, 2012 4:13 PM

    Make no mistake, LeGarrette will become Trent’s “byatch” if drafted ! lol

  39. jbl429 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    It cracks me up when pundits say what athletes “should have said” to be more PC with their statements. Garbage. Blount said exactly what he thought, and for the entertainment of all of us fans, it’s much more interesting when the players don’t censor themselves.

  40. ningenito78 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    Who cares what he thinks?

  41. jaggedmark says: Apr 3, 2012 4:15 PM

    Ummm, why would Blount necessarily be a short yardage back ahead of Richardson?

    Richardson is a truck also, but a fast truck.

  42. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:18 PM

    Does Legarrett Blount have to punch somebody to get his way!!!????

  43. drc23philly says: Apr 3, 2012 4:21 PM

    blount’s actually a good back but last year the bucs were losing by so much every game he didn’t touch the ball in the second half. therefore draft claiborne and play some defense

  44. infectorman says: Apr 3, 2012 4:27 PM

    Blount told Brinson he doesn’t want to be a Brandon Jacobs-type player….
    that is a complete idiot of a person and a BAD “winner” to boot!
    _____________
    Don’t worry LGBlunt-man;
    not only will u never win anything in Tampa,
    NO ONE could ever be a bigger idiot that Brandon Jacobs. NO ONE.

  45. eaglesfan290 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:30 PM

    I don’t think Blount wants to test his new coach……….he coached in NJ just long enough to know how to bury a body under Giants Stadium if needed!

    This is one fight buddy you won’t win he may be the only coach in the NFL who would gladly fight you he is totally crazy!

  46. jollyrob68 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:33 PM

    Shouldn’t he just shut up and be happy someone gave him a shot. He went undrafted because of his attitude. SO what if your unhappy,go do your job.

  47. steelbydesign says: Apr 3, 2012 4:39 PM

    Lagarette Blount = LenDale White

  48. tpa43 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:45 PM

    He should take it out on Glazer children.

  49. bangitfootball says: Apr 3, 2012 4:49 PM

    Blount has fumbles 9 times in just 385 attempts.

    Goodbye LeGarrette, hello Trent.

  50. tpa43 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    After the Glazers are done destroying Man U and move them to New York, there will be nothing left of the Bucs.

  51. milkmandanimal says: Apr 3, 2012 4:53 PM

    LEARN. TO. BLOCK.

    You want to be an every-down back. FIGURE OUT HOW TO PASS BLOCK. When you get sat down for Kregg Lumpkin, it says something. You have to be able to contribute in the passing game, and Blount (A) can’t catch particularly well and (B) couldn’t block my grandmother on a pass rush, and she’s been dead for 15 years.

  52. marke122 says: Apr 3, 2012 4:58 PM

    That’s the easiest way to get cut. If they do draft Richarson anyways.

  53. mjkelly77 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:12 PM

    Bucs got their money’s worth. After all, he was an undrafted free agent, wasn’t he?

  54. pjgrannan says: Apr 3, 2012 5:16 PM

    In your earlier story today you mentioned that Blount was a no show for the first day of “voluntary” workouts. The implication was that he was being irresponsible.
    Now we learn he was at an NFL event doing team and NFL promos for the new uniforms. Maybe you should have mentioned that in the earlier post.

  55. snoopyjoecool says: Apr 3, 2012 5:18 PM

    Blount should have learned to catch a pass to be an every down back. Had his shot last year, didn’t deliver.

  56. edenprairieballer says: Apr 3, 2012 5:25 PM

    He should do what Adrian Peterson did when the Vikings drafted Toby Gerhart. Run like hell and make sure he never sees the field.

  57. rickywatts80 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:41 PM

    I don’t blame him. He was an undrafted free agent, so he isn’t making any bank. Dude needs to get the ball to secure his future.

  58. bunjy96 says: Apr 3, 2012 5:53 PM

    He just got his ticket out of Tampa.

  59. theandy59 says: Apr 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

  60. nutriraider says: Apr 3, 2012 7:21 PM

    I hope Richardson has a good chin!!

  61. kenny328usa says: Apr 3, 2012 7:34 PM

    theandy59 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

    I wish people like this^^^^^would just shut up. I have much more respect for people that come on and give simple opinions than guys like above that get on here and act like they are an NFL GM’s with all the answers. If your gonna respond with this drivel please attach your resume to your post.

  62. NoobTubeTV says: Apr 3, 2012 8:00 PM

    I hope they get Doug Martin out of Boise instead… Poetic Justice!

  63. jjbadd says: Apr 3, 2012 8:02 PM

    I don’t blame him…its a dog eat dog world in the NFL.. Who wants to welcome someone in to take their job away..

  64. dellis07 says: Apr 3, 2012 8:08 PM

    Hey Legarette, you should be happy you have a spot on a team. This is a TEAM sport, it’s not about you. If the Bucs feel drafting Trent is what’s best the team, then they’ll draft him. If they do draft Trent, your spot is taken.

  65. brennankm46 says: Apr 3, 2012 8:22 PM

    “Speaking at the unveiling of the NFL’s new Nike uniforms (an event for which he’s missing the start of the Bucs’ voluntary offseason program)… ”

    This statement infers that he doesn’t have permission to at the event, when he was probably asked to be by the organization.

  66. droopyyydog1 says: Apr 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    1. Who cares what you want ? If you played better and didn’t fumble every three carries they wouldn’t need to draft Richardson.

    2. This isn’t the NBA where you can whine your way out of town or pimp your services before your a free agent. Ask Ochocinco, Carson Palmer, Jake Plummer, Todd Bell and a whole host of others.

  67. theandy59 says: Apr 3, 2012 9:00 PM

    kenny328usa says: Apr 3, 2012 7:34 PM

    theandy59 says:Apr 3, 2012 6:52 PM

    Personally, I think Blount is absolutely correct. While he’s not an elite running back, he’s certainly good enough to win with, and the fact that he was an undrafted free agent just bolsters the argument that you shouldn’t even think about using a top 5 pick on a position that can be so easily filled much later. To win in the NFL, you must be able to pass efficiently, and stop the opposing passing game. I don’t care how well you run or stop the run, if you’re not good in the passing game, you can’t win. Period. QB’s, elite LT’s, CB’s, pass rushers, and WR’s are the only positions that you should consider that high in the draft. If you don’t have a need in those spots, you trade back.

    I wish people like this^^^^^would just shut up. I have much more respect for people that come on and give simple opinions than guys like above that get on here and act like they are an NFL GM’s with all the answers. If your gonna respond with this drivel please attach your resume to your post.
    ________________________________

    I’ll be sure to talk real simple and use small words next time, dude. That way you can keep up.

  68. tropboi11 says: Apr 3, 2012 9:38 PM

    As a Bucs fan I love the Blount man and I think he can become a much better back if he got more touches and protected the ball better, our new head coach is going to be way more demanding than Raheem was. I also agree with everyone that says you can get the good backs later in the draft but i’m all about drafting Richardson

  69. all32 says: Apr 3, 2012 11:49 PM

    Grow up! There is always someone waiting to take your job in the NFL and in life. Play better and shut up or just go punch someone you ass.

  70. gpack22 says: Apr 3, 2012 11:55 PM

    Three words…..WHO EFFIN CARES! Its called competition, bro! Get some or get none!

  71. mikenjess143 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:07 AM

    Then learn to block ..

  72. bronc24 says: Apr 4, 2012 12:53 AM

    Maybe hell punch his face when hes not looking

  73. bouchez9393 says: Apr 4, 2012 10:15 AM

    Pack your bags Blount! You’re no Brandon Jacobs, heck you’re not even Jimmy Jacobs , brandons 3rd cousin who lives by the river! Trent will be the man, time to figure out who you’re gonna punch next!

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