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If LeGarrette Blount doesn’t sign soon, Patriots may move on

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Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount gave New England an 18-touchdown season last year, and his reward may be a take-it-or-leave-it contract offer this year.

With Blount still unsigned in free agency, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that if Blount doesn’t sign the contract the Patriots have offered him soon, the team may close the door entirely on the possibility of him coming back.

That move would be consistent with the way the Patriots usually do business: They decide how much a player is worth, and they’re not willing to pay him a nickel more. And if he hesitates to agree to the deal they want, they move on.

In a sense, the Patriots already have moved on by signing Rex Burkhead and re-signing Brandon Bolden to add to a backfield that also has James White and Dion Lewis. The Patriots have also been linked at times to everyone from Adrian Peterson to Mike Gillislee to Damien Williams to Marshawn Lynch. That doesn’t preclude Blount from returning to New England, but it does show that the Patriots are ready to head into 2017 without him.

Blount’s yards per carry average has declined in each of his four seasons in New England, from 5.0 in 2013 to 4.7 in 2014 to 4.3 in 2015 to 3.9 in 2016. Despite all his goal-line production last year, the Patriots may think Blount has lost a step and see no reason to give him a pay raise.

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  1. patriottony says: Apr 17, 2017 5:36 AM

    Hey,,he got some money, a CPL of SB RINGS..And stories for the grand kids… Next chapter would not be out of reason

  2. 700levelvet says: Apr 17, 2017 5:58 AM

    When you put Thomas Jeffersons
    Wig on Belicheck…. It’s uncanny

  3. caycue says: Apr 17, 2017 6:05 AM

    Another way to view it is that the Patriots gave Blount an 18 TD season.

  4. jjb0811 says: Apr 17, 2017 6:18 AM

    He’ll cave to NE when practices start up.

  5. drewbrewer says: Apr 17, 2017 6:39 AM

    If Blount doesn’t sign with the Pats he will resort to smoking blunts with some other team and be out of the league in short order.

  6. exinsidetrader says: Apr 17, 2017 7:10 AM

    The Patriots owe him nothing more than what they already gave him. It’s just business (and I bet you wish your team operated like they do).

  7. pastabelly says: Apr 17, 2017 7:14 AM

    patriottony says:
    Apr 17, 2017 5:36 AM
    Hey,,he got some money, a CPL of SB RINGS..And stories for the grand kids… Next chapter would not be out of reason.
    =================================
    Blount has been in the league for 7 seasons and has earned less than $7 million. It’s a business and he’s made less than some total busts who have never even played a full game. That’s the frustration.

  8. irsaysneedle says: Apr 17, 2017 7:30 AM

    Pats could sign me at RB and still win another SB…

  9. DugoutDirtbag says: Apr 17, 2017 7:40 AM

    Ya think?

  10. dawoger says: Apr 17, 2017 7:42 AM

    He needs to retire and become a celebrity endorser for the weed industry.

  11. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 17, 2017 7:48 AM

    How many RB’s would kill for a chance to play with the Pats, as they toil on teams with no chance to make it to the SB? And he’s won 2 rings! That’s 2 more than AP, 2 more than LT, 2 more than most…

  12. learysdisciples says: Apr 17, 2017 7:53 AM

    Or they may not…we won’t know until it happens.

  13. patsfan1960 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:00 AM

    LB don’t be a fool sign the contract win another ring, better than anything else out there..

  14. patsfan1960 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:01 AM

    LB don’t be a fool sign the contract win another ring.

  15. jazzawakens says: Apr 17, 2017 8:13 AM

    if this did not resolve before the draft does that not help NE if they don’t have to finalize the decision until after they see what draft day holds?

  16. ibillwt says: Apr 17, 2017 8:15 AM

    In his own words as he sat on the Super Bowl sideline watching James White save his bacon: “I put dat b—- on da ground and dat what open da flood gates, know what I’m sayin” Wasn’t lost on Belechick.

  17. war27 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:18 AM

    Or, they may not.

    This stuff writes itself.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:21 AM

    Now we’ll see a lot of comments about the mean ol’ Patriots and Bill Belichick and how come they’re not paying Blount 15 million a year because “he deserves it”

  19. hodag54501 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:30 AM

    The draft is full of fresh running back talent so why pay a back deep into the backslide of his career?

  20. factschecker says: Apr 17, 2017 8:31 AM

    I guess the Pats are being sort of Blount about the negotiation period. Don’t mess around and do something you will later LeGarrette.

  21. superpatriotsfan says: Apr 17, 2017 8:32 AM

    Lol after that pitiful SB performance he really thinks he deserves a raise?

  22. gimmeabruschi says: Apr 17, 2017 8:46 AM

    He’s already forgotten. Nobody is going to pay this, will be 31 yo during the homestretch of next season, guy for 3.9 yards and a bunch of 1 yard TD runs.

    Bill usually doesn’t shower guys who fumble in the SB with money as well.

  23. tylawspick6 says: Apr 17, 2017 8:51 AM

    Stunning how some of these older players think they have leverage.

  24. pardonmyjake says: Apr 17, 2017 8:57 AM

    if by losing a step meanings hurdling over defener’s sign me up

  25. skins51186 says: Apr 17, 2017 9:02 AM

    People are quick to condemn players who make mistakes, but Blount is a good example of second chances working out. Punches an opponent in college, gets caught smoking weed in idiotic fashion early on in his NFL career, but goes to a team where knows he won’t be able to mess up again and gets serious about his profession. Helps the Pats win a couple rings, doesn’t seem to be any sort of distraction, and has now cemented a solid career for himself.

    Be careful when you decide after one (or even two, depending on specifics) incident that a player isn’t worth keeping around/drafting. There will always be the screw-up types who wash out of the league quickly, but there’s also a good amount of Blounts….

  26. bmorepositive123 says: Apr 17, 2017 9:13 AM

    I’m not sure how material this is, but didn’t he have 18 TDs last year? How many of his handoffs came where they only needed 1-2 yards? Not just on goalline but third and fourth down too? Sometimes yards per carry can be overrated

  27. savethebs says: Apr 17, 2017 9:13 AM

    Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that if Blount doesn’t sign the contract the Patriots have offered him soon
    ——————————–
    This is the real story, a member of the media allowing the Pats to use him for contract negotiations. But hey that’s New England. If this guy refuses there’s a bevy of media members here waiting in the wings to become Bill’s new mouthpiece.

  28. wib22 says: Apr 17, 2017 9:14 AM

    Why does belicheat disregard the position so much?

  29. staffordisbetterthanyourteamsqb says: Apr 17, 2017 9:18 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 8:21 AM
    Now we’ll see a lot of comments about the mean ol’ Patriots and Bill Belichick and how come they’re not paying Blount 15 million a year because “he deserves it”

    Nope I doubt you’ll hear anything like that. Getting squeezed like this couldn’t happen to bigger idiot/jerk so I don’t think you’ll find many people who feel bad for him

  30. jazzawakens says: Apr 17, 2017 9:19 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Apr 17, 2017 7:14 AM
    patriottony says:
    Apr 17, 2017 5:36 AM
    Hey,,he got some money, a CPL of SB RINGS..And stories for the grand kids… Next chapter would not be out of reason.
    =================================
    Blount has been in the league for 7 seasons and has earned less than $7 million. It’s a business and he’s made less than some total busts who have never even played a full game. That’s the frustration.

    ———————–

    And I can see where that sounds unfair that some real busts got paid ridiculously while a hard working productive player did not. But that unfairness is due to other teams throwing mobey around stupidly. It wasnt the Patriots fault nor does it make them owe snyone money.

    Speaking for myself, if I had made $7 million by the time I was 30 I could easily live the rest of my life and take good care of my family on that even if I never found work again in my life. I would not be a bottomless pit that could splurge to excess, smart money management would still be required. But I could still set a comfortable standard of living just same.

  31. exinsidetrader says: Apr 17, 2017 9:20 AM

    If some other team was offering more money elsewhere he would have taken it.

    It’s not about the Pats it’s about him.

  32. psousa1 says: Apr 17, 2017 9:26 AM

    Why does belicheat disregard the position so much?

    ————————————————————–

    Yeah, time to retire that one sport. So sad. You and Bill Polian can dream, can’t you?

  33. beachsidejames says: Apr 17, 2017 9:37 AM

    Blount gave them 18 td’s and was their work horse. Now BB is fishing with Jimmy Johnson in the in Keys taking all the credit and telling Blount it eat it.

  34. wib22 says: Apr 17, 2017 9:45 AM

    Yeah, time to retire that one sport. So sad. You and Bill Polian can dream, can’t you?

    ****

    The list of safeguards is long and varied. Teams commonly clear out trash cans in their hotel meeting rooms in New England because they believe the Patriots go through them. One longtime head coach said he ran fake plays in his Saturday walkthroughs at Gillette Stadium because he thought the Patriots might be spying on his team. Another team has taken things further: It fled Gillette and found a different place to practice, and on game day it piled trunks of equipment against the double doors in the back of the visitors’ locker room so nobody could get in. That same team kicked the visiting locker room manager out of the office he occupies near the clubhouse.

  35. xxsweepthelegxx says: Apr 17, 2017 9:52 AM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:14 AM
    Why does belicheat disregard the position so much?
    ———
    Answer this Wibby,why hasn’t Blount signed elsewhere? He’s free to go wherever he’d like. How come other teams aren’t lining up sign him, he scored 18 TDs for Pete’s sake right?

    As for your question, he disregards the position because he’s proven repeatedly that he can win a championship without a high paid running back. That may be tough to read but that IS the objective each team has going into a season

  36. factpurveyor says: Apr 17, 2017 9:55 AM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:14 AM

    disregard the position so much?

    ———————————————————
    6 rings

  37. flaccotoboldin says: Apr 17, 2017 9:56 AM

    I hope they do, would be super dumb. Pats always have plenty of cap space and are half miserly with it.

    If they don’t do Blount, it will be a step back. Believe that.

    This reminds of their approach to Randy Moss and how that destroyed such a productive connection Brady and moss had.

  38. Uncle Al says: Apr 17, 2017 9:56 AM

    Raiders will end the Boston Brady’s little run this year in Mexico

  39. whispersd says: Apr 17, 2017 9:59 AM

    Blount has been in the league for 7 seasons and has earned less than $7 million. It’s a business and he’s made less than some total busts who have never even played a full game. That’s the frustration.

    If money was his primary goal, he probably should have behaved better in Pittsburgh. He’s a 30-year old running back. He’s good but not great, and he plays a position where 30 is considered over the hill.

  40. whispersd says: Apr 17, 2017 10:03 AM

    The list of safeguards is long and varied. Teams commonly clear out trash cans in their hotel meeting rooms in New England because they believe the Patriots go through them. One longtime head coach said he ran fake plays in his Saturday walkthroughs at Gillette Stadium because he thought the Patriots might be spying on his team. Another team has taken things further: It fled Gillette and found a different place to practice, and on game day it piled trunks of equipment against the double doors in the back of the visitors’ locker room so nobody could get in. That same team kicked the visiting locker room manager out of the office he occupies near the clubhouse.

    So you’re saying there are a lot of lunatics in the NFL who can’t accept that Belichick is just a better coach than their guy.

    If teams want to waste time practicing plays they have no intention of using, just to confuse an imaginary observer, there’s not much to say.

  41. maust1013 says: Apr 17, 2017 10:04 AM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:14 AM
    Why does belicheat disregard the position so much?
    =========================

    You are confusing discounting something with disregarding it chipster. Maybe an example will help. Belichick discounts the RB position in today’s game. You disregard reality.

  42. whispersd says: Apr 17, 2017 10:06 AM

    One has to wonder how much more money Blount would have earned in his career if he hadn’t gotten into a fight with Boise State fans when he was at Oregon.

  43. nyneal says: Apr 17, 2017 10:07 AM

    As a Packers fan, the thing I respect most about the Pats under Bill Belichick is the team is always the most important thing, not any one player. Their track record of getting rid of veterans who are still good players is amazing. Every time they make a move, critics come out of the woodwork to say they blew it. But just about everything they do works out great.
    If Blount thinks he can bully them for a big contract, he’s sadly mistaken. They’ll find someone else and keep on winning. It’s what they do.
    If the other NFL teams were half as smart as the Patriots, they’d win, too. Just look at the Cowboys and Redskins during the time Belichick has been in charge in New England. They’ve made more moves and signed more free agents than just about anyone, and all they do is tread water.
    Pats haters hate Belichick because he’s the best coach in the NFL. They only wish they had him as their coach.
    I’m a Packers fan and we’ve been very successful since 1994 — and it’s been a great ride — but I’d trade Mark Murphy, Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and the rest of their coaching staff for Bill Belichick. And I’d throw in all the stock that Packers fans own (including mine), too.
    Vince Lombardi is the standard for coaches in the NFL. He’s still the greatest coach in the history of the league. But Bill Belichick is right up there with him.
    The other thing I love about Belichick is he loves to get under everyone elses’ skin. He knows they all want to beat him so badly they can’t sleep at night.

  44. nhpats says: Apr 17, 2017 10:18 AM

    Uncle Al says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:56 AM
    Raiders will end the Boston Brady’s little run this year in Mexico

    ——————–

    Come back when the Raiders actually find a way to win a single postseason game….

  45. somepeopleneedtogetalife says: Apr 17, 2017 10:26 AM

    So Wib22 if teams do all that to safeguard their info from the Pats, how do the Pats keep winning???

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 17, 2017 10:38 AM

    “This reminds of their approach to Randy Moss and how that destroyed such a productive connection Brady and moss had.”

    Moss destroyed that, not Belichick and the team. There’s a reason he was essentially done in the NFL the moment the Pats cut him and it wasn’t the way the Pats treated him.

    “Raiders will end the Boston Brady’s little run this year in Mexico”

    Lol last I knew the SB wasn’t in Mexico City this coming season.

    And maybe the Raiders will win that game, and it will be their Super Bowl just like beating the Pats is for all the other teams too.

    Which will mean absolutely nothing come playoff time

  47. factpurveyor says: Apr 17, 2017 10:42 AM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:45 AM

    The list of safeguards is long and varied.
    ————————————————————-
    Was that list created after the last superbowl?
    If its and old list then it obviously doesn’t help the pathetic teams that believe that nonsense.

    It’s good that pathetic teams don’t understand that hard work and commitment to excellence is the actual reason for the patriots success. If that secret got out then more teams would have a chance to win.

  48. cadreamer1969 says: Apr 17, 2017 10:44 AM

    Blount isn’t on the roster and NE should act accordingly. Can’t believe teams make personnel and draft decisions on players who aren’t on their team. It’s common for veteran players to play the salary game and for teams to wait to fill out their rosters after the draft. This is SOP. All this angst in mid April.

  49. saltineamerican says: Apr 17, 2017 10:47 AM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:45 AM
    Yeah, time to retire that one sport. So sad. You and Bill Polian can dream, can’t you?

    ****

    The list of safeguards is long and varied. Teams commonly clear out trash cans in their hotel meeting rooms in New England because they believe the Patriots go through them. One longtime head coach said he ran fake plays in his Saturday walkthroughs at Gillette Stadium because he thought the Patriots might be spying on his team. Another team has taken things further: It fled Gillette and found a different place to practice, and on game day it piled trunks of equipment against the double doors in the back of the visitors’ locker room so nobody could get in. That same team kicked the visiting locker room manager out of the office he occupies near the clubhouse.

    ———————————-

    Yes, but even with all those “safeguards” and energy wasted on chasing the boogie man, your team still lost.

  50. tim8450 says: Apr 17, 2017 10:50 AM

    Blount has been in the league for 7 seasons and has earned less than $7 million. It’s a business and he’s made less than some total busts who have never even played a full game. That’s the frustration.

    =======================

    Busts are only busts when they don’t live up to their potential, that is the whole point, it’s a gamble that doesn’t work out. Not every gamble works out.

    Blount is the victim and beneficiary of himself, his choices and a little bit of luck.

    Could he have done more in his career? Probably. He’s made some mistakes, but he also has made $7M and two superbowl rings. If he walked away this year and never played another down he would be considered a success in the NFL.

  51. uknepatsfan says: Apr 17, 2017 11:08 AM

    Blount is great for 1 yard TD runs but in reality he’s not a 3 down back and, in fact, is useless on 3rd downs.

    Running back is not a profitable position to play anymore as even legends like Peterson are finding once they hit their 30th birthday. If Blount was going to get big bucks he’d have got them already. Same for Butler too.

    Its unfortunate for Blount, but teams don’t place a high value on old running backs and even less so when a draft is coming up thats apparently full of good rushers.

    Reports also suggest that the Pats offer to him is the best one on the table, so its not even like the Pats are trying to stiff the guy either.

  52. returntoexcellence says: Apr 17, 2017 11:21 AM

    Uncle Al says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:56 AM
    Raiders will end the Boston Brady’s little run this year in Mexico

    ——————–

    Come back when the Raiders actually find a way to win a single postseason game….
    ____________________________

    With our quarterback healthy, we’ll win the one we have against you

  53. beachsidejames says: Apr 17, 2017 11:21 AM

    This is the Patriots family. They use you.. abuse you.. tell you that our family… then screw the 1st chance they get after they used you. Then they say its a business. Blount is at bat now… Gronk is on deck.

  54. bkostela says: Apr 17, 2017 11:28 AM

    Alternatively, if LeGarrette Blount doesn’t sign soon, Patriots may not move on.

  55. nutpunchnancy says: Apr 17, 2017 11:35 AM

    Did the Pats offer factor in his wife’s income, you know, like they do with Brady to make GOAT the most underpaid player of all time? Pats are really, notoriously cheap!

  56. truetrue85 says: Apr 17, 2017 11:36 AM

    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. I like Blount a lot, but the guy is nowhere to be found in the postseason unless the Patriots are playing the Colts and he has been a total non-factor (for the Patriots) in 2 super bowl appearances. With Brady at the helm of that offense, they could pluck a guy out of the 3rd-6th round and he would have room to run for less than what they’re offering Blount. Either sign the contract and enjoy another run at a super bowl, or keep your pride and sit at home this year… because after what happened in Pittsburgh 2 years back I highly doubt there will be too many teams clamoring to sign you.

  57. churchofthehoody says: Apr 17, 2017 11:37 AM

    beachsidejames says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:21 AM

    This is the Patriots family. They use you.. abuse you.. tell you that our family… then screw the 1st chance they get after they used you. Then they say its a business. Blount is at bat now… Gronk is on deck.

    ________________________________

    You want a family = have kids

    You want to win championships= play for the Pats

    I really don’t see what you’re crying about kiddo, other than the fact you don’t understand that football is like any other business in this world…

  58. churchofthehoody says: Apr 17, 2017 11:43 AM

    whispersd says:
    Apr 17, 2017 10:06 AM

    One has to wonder how much more money Blount would have earned in his career if he hadn’t gotten into a fight with Boise State fans when he was at Oregon.

    _____________________________

    Considering he went undrafted largely b/c of it… a few million at least.

  59. exhelodrvr says: Apr 17, 2017 11:44 AM

    “Pats are really, notoriously cheap!”

    They spend their cap money, right? So the money is just going to different individuals. How is that being cheap?

  60. mcniner55 says: Apr 17, 2017 11:54 AM

    This guy strikes me as the kind of NFL player who will be out of money by the time he is 40.

  61. FinFan68 says: Apr 17, 2017 12:06 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Apr 17, 2017 7:14 AM
    patriottony says:
    Apr 17, 2017 5:36 AM
    Hey,,he got some money, a CPL of SB RINGS..And stories for the grand kids… Next chapter would not be out of reason.
    =================================
    Blount has been in the league for 7 seasons and has earned less than $7 million. It’s a business and he’s made less than some total busts who have never even played a full game. That’s the frustration.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    That is his own doing. He could have made much more had he actually been drafted but, since he was a hothead, he had to sign as an UDFA at significantly less money for his first contract

  62. eddiea25 says: Apr 17, 2017 12:09 PM

    It is really amazing how much the pro running game has changed. A 1000 yard runner used to needed and wanted, now it is by committee.A back who can catch out of backfield is more wanted today.Sad.

  63. streetyson says: Apr 17, 2017 12:16 PM

    truetrue85 says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:36 AM
    If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times. I like Blount a lot, but the guy is nowhere to be found in the postseason unless the Patriots are playing the Colts and he has been a total non-factor (for the Patriots) in 2 super bowl appearances…
    ——————
    He’s ageing, but that’s overly harsh – Blount has been increasingly used in clock-killing, D-tiring, plays/drives. But in both SBs the Pats won coming back from big deficits and so his usefulness was very limited. He still racked up 109yds this postseason, including over 30yds in the SB, which is hardly a non-factor, and his ability to block and mere presence in the backfield keep opponents’ Ds honest. And you can’t just ignore the 1,199yd season, which helped get the Pats to the SB.

  64. patsfan1820 says: Apr 17, 2017 12:18 PM

    Would rather Blount resign then get Peterson or Lynch since he’s already familiar with the system.

  65. nutpunchnancy says: Apr 17, 2017 12:24 PM

    Brady is GOAT QB and arguably GOAT player of all time. For all he has done for the Pats, he is horribly underpaiD ( and Soft Tommy sits there and takes it). Pats don’t care about their players. Burn em and turn em, yet they continue to win championships. As a business owner, I am extremely impressed. As a fan, not so much. Enjoy Tom while you can. He will likely be traded at the end of this upcoming season. It’s The Patriot’s Way. That is the way BB operates and his track record is, ummm, pretty good.

  66. wib22 says: Apr 17, 2017 1:11 PM

    Brady is GOAT QB and arguably GOAT player of all time. For all he has done for the Pats, he is horribly underpaiD ( and Soft Tommy sits there and takes it). Pats don’t care about their players. Burn em and turn em, yet they continue to win championships. As a business owner, I am extremely impressed. As a fan, not so much. Enjoy Tom while you can. He will likely be traded at the end of this upcoming season. It’s The Patriot’s Way. That is the way BB operates and his track record is, ummm, pretty good.

    ****

    Belicheap will trade brady once he gets bad.

  67. nwhmpshr says: Apr 17, 2017 1:20 PM

    Blount is very entertaining to watch. I’ve never seen a running back rip off such long gains when he gets the ball. Sure over the course of the game his average falls but he is an exciting running back when he gets a head of steam.

  68. nhpats says: Apr 17, 2017 1:44 PM

    returntoexcellence says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:21 AM
    Uncle Al says:
    Apr 17, 2017 9:56 AM
    Raiders will end the Boston Brady’s little run this year in Mexico

    ——————–

    Come back when the Raiders actually find a way to win a single postseason game….
    ____________________________

    With our quarterback healthy, we’ll win the one we have against you

    ——————-

    Carr is decent QB….but he is no Tom Brady. I would take that bet….especially if the game is in the postseason…. Historically speaking, I like our chances.

  69. kissbillsrings says: Apr 17, 2017 3:07 PM

    Blount is a FA…. ANY TEAM can sign him…
    Pats made him an offer….if he feels it’s too low, he has the option to sign elsewhere….
    Pats obviously know his value to the team…..I think it’s Blount being a little bit delusional about his value or else another team would have signed him already…. NO OTHER TEAM HAS….hmmmm, wonder why that is….are THEY CHEAP??
    Lol

  70. csb28 says: Apr 17, 2017 6:22 PM

    nutpunchnancy says:
    Apr 17, 2017 11:35 AM
    Did the Pats offer factor in his wife’s income, you know, like they do with Brady to make GOAT the most underpaid player of all time? Pats are really, notoriously cheap!

    —–

    No the Pats are notoriously smart.

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