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Report: Talks on LeGarrette Blount return to Patriots in “infant stages”

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 13: An injured LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots walks toward the locker room while the Patriots play the Houston Texans in the second quarter on December 13, 2015 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots closed the season without running back LeGarrette Blount after Blount suffered a hip injury that required him to go on injured reserve.

Blount didn’t need to have surgery to repair the injury and is expected to be ready to go for next season. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that talks about Blount making that return to the field with the Patriots have begun, although they are in the “infant stages” at this point in the offseason.

The early nature of the talks suggests Blount may remain unsigned once free agency opens on March 9, but that might not hinder his chances of staying in New England. Blount’s not likely to command major interest or offers in the first days of free agency and has had his greatest success in the NFL during his two stints with the Patriots.

The Patriots may be interested in other backs headed for free agency as well, although adding other players to the backfield probably wouldn’t preclude Blount’s return as the Patriots usually use a mix of backs on offense.

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32 Responses to “Report: Talks on LeGarrette Blount return to Patriots in “infant stages””
  1. mack2x says: Feb 24, 2016 11:36 AM

    Blount? They can’t find themselves a young rookie in the later rounds that is better than Blount?

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:42 AM

    The main reason they are a pass eccentric offense is because they use a ‘mix of backs’.

  3. chuckshontaspads says: Feb 24, 2016 11:49 AM

    sign Forte

  4. rahavort says: Feb 24, 2016 11:54 AM

    mack2x says:
    Feb 24, 2016 11:36 AM
    Blount? They can’t find themselves a young rookie in the later rounds that is better than Blount?
    _________________________________________

    Easier said than done…Patriots need a consistent but potent running attack to balance all the passing. This is why I think a lot of the RBs on the team have been veterans (Smith, Dillon, etc.) It’s probably really tough for Belichick to trust younger RB with such a workload. Ridley turned out to be Fumbles McGee. Belichick has a plan though…

  5. terripet says: Feb 24, 2016 11:57 AM

    Go to Seattle you will have a better chance to get to the super bowl

  6. It Takes 3 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 24, 2016 11:57 AM

    I will be the first to admit Blount is a knuckle head, and I was not in favor of them adding him to the team when they made the trade to get him a few seasons ago. But during his time in New England he has been a model citizen, and by all accounts a good team mate who puts in the work. I don’t see any negative to bringing him back. He was having a decent season until he got hurt. If I remember correctly, he was leading the league in rushing TDs, but I may be wrong on that. I think New Englands struggles in the run game were more a product of bad offensive line play. And the bad offensive line play was a product of injuries forcing players to play positions that they weren’t comfortable playing. They had a RT playing LT, and a C playing G. A rookie playing C. Then they had a back up RT playing LT, and a 3rd string T playing RT, etc etc etc. I am of the opinion that professionals should be able to over come without making excuses, but there comes a point where you lose too many pieces. 3rd string players are 3rd string for a reason.

  7. bullcharger says: Feb 24, 2016 11:58 AM

    Blount, Lewis, White and new RB.

    I just don’t think the Patriots will break the bank on a RB though. Forte would be great, but I just don’t see it.

  8. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 24, 2016 11:59 AM

    He’s a big dude that is affordable.. Keep him!

  9. Patskrieg says: Feb 24, 2016 12:03 PM

    Hey, who knows. They might even block for him this time. Wouldn’t that be a revelation.

  10. steelcurtainn says: Feb 24, 2016 12:12 PM

    It should be about time for Blount to get busted for weed again.

  11. rob471773 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:19 PM

    Let Blount walk, he’s just not that good. He’s way to indecisive/picky behind the line of scrimmage and always looking for the home run type run. At times it’s like he forgets he’s a 250 sledgehammer. He tries to run like an elusive scatback. If he could just pick a hole, lower his head and explode to the line of scrimmage he’d be fine, but he’s either unwilling or unable to do that.

  12. rob471773 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:22 PM

    Easily replaced by this stacked class of FA RB’s or a mid-round rookie RB.

    Give me any of these FA RB’s or a rookie over Blount.

    – Forte
    – Ivory
    – L. Miller
    – Alf Morris

    His short shelf life in New England is up, time to move on.

  13. vdogg says: Feb 24, 2016 12:24 PM

    Just waiting to see how much they have left to spend after signing Forte

  14. cranespy says: Feb 24, 2016 12:41 PM

    Blount stays and has an opportunity to make the roster. Bolden will be there as will Lewis if heals up okay. Look for two free agents to be added. One to catch passes and one to assert their will between the tackles. Add James White to the mix and you have a total of six battling for four spots.

  15. floriosnuts says: Feb 24, 2016 12:43 PM

    Forte would be a good fit but there is likely going to be a team that will offer him a lot more that the Pats have budgeted for that slot on the roster. Time will tell.

  16. joker65 says: Feb 24, 2016 12:52 PM

    They need a back that can run and catch. Too many times when Blount was in there, it tipped off the Pats plan to run the ball. Lewis isn’t a between the tackles runner, so when he was in there, people expected pass. A dual threat guy is needed. Forte is that but he’s 30, and might be looking to get paid. That’s not what the Pats will do. He’d have to be willing to take less money and I don’t know he’ll do that.

  17. terripet says: Feb 24, 2016 1:05 PM

    Blount is to old he is injury prone

  18. jojovie131 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:13 PM

    So a garbage running game next year too? What about forte? What about ivory? Nope to expensive so let’s do it in the cheap with garbage Blount. Lol

  19. tedmurph says: Feb 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    I could see the Pats bringing back Blount after week 1, if they have a roster spot. when they don’t have to guarantee his salary. Coming off an injury, he’d probably be on the PUP list for much of camp anyway. That way the Pats can evaluate whatever new RBs come in, as well as DLewis’ recovery. With 5 good defensive players to sign over the next 2 yrs, I don’t think they pay a FA RB big money. Dillon is the only one they ever have. They’re in the top 5 in scoring year after year, so they seem to be able to manage without it.

  20. JC De La Torre says: Feb 24, 2016 1:25 PM

    Legarrette Blount actually had some of his best years in Tampa when he rushed for 1007 yds 6 touchdowns his rookie season. He and Josh Freeman were catalysts to the Bucs’ last winning season in 2010.

    He followed that up with 781 yds and 5 TDs the next year. He also caught a career high 15 catches in 2011.

    But hey, that’s not high profile like the Patriots so I guess it doesn’t count.

  21. 8oneanddones says: Feb 24, 2016 1:28 PM

    Belichick has never spent money on a RB since that extension for Corey Dillon in 2005 which ended poorly for the team. I doubt he’d offer Blount much more than the veterans minimum.

  22. solo681 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:50 PM

    Dollar for dollar, I would take Chris Ivory over Blount.

  23. xxsweepthelegxx says: Feb 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    Dion Lewis actually ran pretty well, and wasn’t just a receiving threat. We saw what “just a receiving threat” could do when the keys were handed over to James White.

    Lewis per game yds/carry:
    4.6
    5.71
    4.63
    5.67
    5.25
    3.8
    3.5

    Yes, we’re not talking huge attempts here, but clearly when on the field, because he’s so respected out of the back field, he was able to run through the tackles as well.

  24. rsmith5588 says: Feb 24, 2016 4:22 PM

    unless the line “wants to open holes” for him or Bill wants to establish a legit running game the running game is average at best.

    I would love Forte… but the cost will be too much. Bringing Dante back will certainly help the O line and should help opening holes for the RB’s. There are other pressing needs than someone better than Blount. What about a 2nd “good” TE or perhaps a speedy receiver that can go outside. Put the money where it is needed more. DT, OL or I LB.. all needed more right now than a “great” running back..

  25. revren10 says: Feb 24, 2016 4:30 PM

    They also need a full back if james develin isn’t resigned. That would help out greatly having a lead blocker

  26. factman66 says: Feb 24, 2016 5:12 PM

    Why don’t they use a RB they drafted?
    According to Pats fans the Patriots can turn any old scrub into a hofer because they are superior to every team when it comes to the draft…. It’s a fact, look at ALL of those former Patriots players in Canton lol.

  27. goodellisaclown says: Feb 24, 2016 9:20 PM

    Blount is dirt cheap– why wouldn’t they re-sign him?

    The Patriots used more O-Line combinations than any other team in NFL history last year, so it’s not telling the full story just to look at an RBs numbers. In fact, the two backs that did okay last year– Lewis (before the injury) and James White are small and fast (usually in designed plays to put them in open space to maximize those talents), so they didn’t need the same type of run blocking a guy like Blount benefits from.

    They need to fix the O-line (hopefully Dante’s return will help) before over-paying for Forte or anyone else.

  28. goodellisaclown says: Feb 24, 2016 9:27 PM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:
    Feb 24, 2016 3:58 PM
    Dion Lewis actually ran pretty well, and wasn’t just a receiving threat. We saw what “just a receiving threat” could do when the keys were handed over to James White.

    Lewis per game yds/carry:
    4.6
    5.71
    4.63
    5.67
    5.25
    3.8
    3.5

    Yes, we’re not talking huge attempts here, but clearly when on the field, because he’s so respected out of the back field, he was able to run through the tackles as well.
    **************************

    Great point. Hopefully he’s back healthy. In fact, if you look back at the first half of the year when Lewis was healthy, it seems like the Patriots did the reverse of what lots of teams do, and used their “small” guy, Lewis, to “soften up” the D-Line before bringing Blount in. Once Lewis was gone that hurt Blount because James White couldn’t make up for Lewis’ between-tackle running, and guys like Bolden weren’t much help either.

  29. truthinesshurts says: Feb 24, 2016 11:06 PM

    Pats should make him a lowball offer, they could do worse. He knows the system/playbook, he can run back kickoffs, he isn’t a rookie who doesn’t know blocking assignments because he was never asked to in college, and he can usually surge and fall forward after contact for a yard or two extra, given some decent OL blocking…and if they’re actually opening holes he can be devastating late in the game with generally good ball security.

  30. truthinesshurts says: Feb 24, 2016 11:20 PM

    factman66 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 5:12 PM
    Why don’t they use a RB they drafted?
    According to Pats fans the Patriots can turn any old scrub into a hofer because they are superior to every team when it comes to the draft…. It’s a fact, look at ALL of those former Patriots players in Canton lol.
    …….

    John Hannah, Mike Haynes, Andre Tippett, Curtis Martin, Nick Buoniconti…not to mention Junior who they didn’t draft, and no, not Jim Plunkett, the only 2-time Super Bowl winner QB to NOT make the HOF. And in about 10 years there’s gonna be at least one more Patriot HOF’er that came from one of their drafts, right ?

    And they’ll vote him in just to tick you off, factman66, troller of all Patriots threads with an obsession that borders on pathological.

  31. gysot says: Feb 25, 2016 8:59 AM

    Patriot management will not tell Garrett LeBlunt that he is not being signed out of fear of the sucker punch.

  32. xbarkingfrogx says: Feb 25, 2016 12:23 PM

    Who needs a RB. Wasn’t Super Tom their leading rusher in the playoffs? Case closed. Give Super Tom the rock. He’s the best!

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