The Patriots, at least to some degree, are willing.
New England is known for not overly investing at running back, often allowing even its most productive veterans to walk via free agency. Blount currently has an “offer on the table” from the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported Friday. This is less a development and more an update on where the situation stands. That Blount has yet to accept indicates the deal’s numbers and/or structure do not meet his expectation.
The Patriots hosted Adrian Peterson for a visit on Monday.
Blount at the right price seems the preferred option. The 30-year-old set career highs in 2016 with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. He plays the wrong position at the wrong age to be compensated in respect to that production. His limitations in the passing game and an April draft class considered to be deep also curtail his value.
Blount led the Patriots in rushing the past two seasons.
No player has done so in New England for three straight years since Corey Dillon from 2004 to 2006.
Realistically, this is Blount’s last best chance for a lucrative NFL contract. He surely knows that. And so, for him, it may be difficult to come to terms with, especially after doing his part to produce a banner year, the increasingly apparent reality that his chance today isn’t much of one.