Patriots made May 9 tender offer to LeGarrette Blount

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With the passing of May 9 came the expiration of the impact of free-agency contracts upon the compensatory draft-pick formula. With one important exception.

For any teams that made a tender offer to any of its unrestricted free agents before May 9, the team secures two key rights, per a league source with knowledge of the situation.

First, the team acquires exclusive negotiating rights with the player, if he doesn’t sign elsewhere before July 22. From July 22 through the Tuesday after Week 10 of the regular season, the player can sign only with his prior team. Second, if the May 9 tender is made and the player signs with a new team before July 22, the transaction counts toward the compensatory draft pick formula for 2018.

The Patriots, PFT has learned, made the May 9 tender to running back LeGarrette Blount. The offer amounts to 110 percent of his total pay in 2016, which was $1 million.

It’s a rarely-used device, as one source explained it to PFT. Over the years since the free agency system was put in place, similar offers have been made only a handful of times.

So Blount has an offer of $1.1 million for one year, and if he signs elsewhere before July 22, the departure will count toward New England’s compensatory draft picks. After July 22, he can only sign with the Patriots for 2017.

Blount has been linked in recent days to the Lions and the Giants.

The Patriots did not extend a May 9 offer to their other two remaining unrestricted free agents: receiver Michael Floyd (who has signed with the Vikings) and defensive end Greg Scruggs.

92 responses to “Patriots made May 9 tender offer to LeGarrette Blount

  1. As someone who can’t stand the schtick of someone who think’s he’s a close friend of the organization, I can tell you the Patriots run smarter and more efficiently than any team in the league and it’s not close.

    Injuries and winning the offseason obviously give pause but if healthy 19-0 remains a distinct possibility!

  2. If you can count on one thing from the Patriots, it’s that they’ll look for obscure or rarely used rules to their advantage. Bravo.

  3. At NFL HQ Park Ave,

    John Harbaugh calling for Roger Goodell.

    Rule change at the next owner’s meeting.

    Hate on the Patriots all you want but BB truly plays chess while the other teams continue to play checkers.

  4. Let me get this strait.. If Blount pursues a contract with a new team after the compensatory deadline, since the Pats made a tender offer, does that mean that the new team has him apply against their compensatory formula and may lose a pick if he is signed?? If true then Blount is getting screwed and his movement is limited to teams not trying to rack up comp picks.

  5. I wonder if this also means a team signing him now loses a player count towards their own comp pick formula. Wait to suppress the guys value. Not only do they pay you cheap while you’re there, they make sure you’re paid low when you leave. Stay classy Patriots

  6. For every 4th and 2 blunder (@ Colts 09), there’s a multitude of little moves like this to further better the team in the future. From the day he was introduced, I’ve been proud to have Bill Belichick as the head coach of my team.

  7. Please all you guys, I’m begging. Resist the chess/checkers stuff. It’s lame, tired and more annoying than ‘a close friend of the organization’

  8. truetrue85 says:
    May 10, 2017 3:43 PM

    For every 4th and 2 blunder (@ Colts 09), there’s a multitude of little moves like this to further better the team in the future. From the day he was introduced, I’ve been proud to have Bill Belichick as the head coach of my team.

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    To be clear, I fully support the 4th and 2 decision in 2009… the defense wasn’t stopping Peyton Manning again. The only reason I refer to it as a “blunder” is because I’ve always said, if you know you’re not punting… why not run 2 times when you’re facing 3rd and 2 rather than 2 straight passes? Anyways, carry on.

  9. Considering comp picks dont come from the acquiring team, This should have very little impact on whether or not another team signs him. Are the Giants or Lions gonna pause because the Pats will get a 5th round comp pick in 2018? Signing away Blount would weaken their 2017 squad, however slightly.

  10. If this was done only to try to secure a compensatory pick then it comes at the risk of Blount not signing anywhere else and the Patriots being on the hook for his $1.1 mil salary.

    This assumes they would not intend to carry him on the roster given the crowd they already have there and would have to pay him anyway – which would mean the Patriots were willing to pay 1.1 million for the compensatory pick. Seems like a lot.

    Or, maybe they’d be fine having him compete for a spot and make the roster. After all is said and done, maybe Dion Lewis is the guy on the outs.

  11. I bloody hope that Blount sign’s this tender – I assume that if he does it become’s guaranteed. The Patriots have already set their RBs for the year and will almost certainly waive Blount before week one. He can then sign elsewhere to a contender who may have had an injury and double down on his salary for 2017.

  12. Considering comp picks dont come from the acquiring team, This should have very little impact on whether or not another team signs him. Are the Giants or Lions gonna pause because the Pats will get a 5th round comp pick in 2018? Signing away Blount would weaken their 2017 squad, however slightly.

    ?????

    You’re kidding, right? I mean I know Blount scored 18 TDs last year, but a lot of them were from two yards out. Gillislee should be an upgrade over Blount.

  13. ampats says:
    May 10, 2017 3:37 PM
    At NFL HQ Park Ave,

    John Harbaugh calling for Roger Goodell.

    Rule change at the next owner’s meeting.

    Hate on the Patriots all you want but BB truly plays chess while the other teams continue to play checkers.

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    This may be true, but John Harbaugh is clearly living rent-free in your head, so I’m not sure you personally have “won” here.

  14. No offense but this isn’t some sort of brilliant move by BB (and yes he makes many). It’s a rule, other teams have used it, however limited. I suspect it is not used alot by anyone (including the Patriots) because it doesn’t have a lot of roster impact. LB can sign with anyone before July 22 for whatever he wants – and last I checked that was still more than 2 months away. LB says he wants to get paid I doubt it would take much more than $1.1 mil to get him on another team.

    This isn’t chess. It’s an open rule that has little impact in 99.9% of roster decisions over the years.

  15. zibet says:
    May 10, 2017 3:40 PM
    I wonder if this also means a team signing him now loses a player count towards their own comp pick formula. Wait to suppress the guys value. Not only do they pay you cheap while you’re there, they make sure you’re paid low when you leave. Stay classy Patriots

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    Hate the rules all you want, but don’t hate the team for using the rules to their favor. And, how were they cheap with him? It isn’t like anyone was offering him $5 million before last season, or he would have taken it.

  16. There’s a lotta guys who can’t get paydirt from 2 yards out. Definitely value in that (Eagles!!!!! Team hasn’t been able to get it done in short yardage since about 2010).

  17. They still might not get compensatory selections anyway. Free agent losses are accounted to the free agents signings for that team. Salary determines how high of a selection. They signed burkhead for 3 million for one year. Now it truly matters how much Blount makes if he signs with another team.

  18. To be clear, I fully support the 4th and 2 decision in 2009… the defense wasn’t stopping Peyton Manning again. The only reason I refer to it as a “blunder” is because I’ve always said, if you know you’re not punting… why not run 2 times when you’re facing 3rd and 2 rather than 2 straight passes? Anyways, carry on.

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    I was at that game and I was freaking out when the Pats went for 4th and 2. I thought there was a better chance they make it then the Pats stopping Peyton. And the only reason they didn’t make it was Faulk juggled the pass causing his forward progress to be moved back.

  19. 31 other teams are also able to study and use the rulebook, but they don’t. 31 crybabies and their 31 jealous fan bases will get goodell to change yet another rule asap.

    GOAT

  20. As it stands now, the Pat will get a 4th for Sheard and a 5th for Bennett. Bulkhead is cancelled out by CLong. Gilmour is cancelled by LRyan. Blount would probably amount to a 7th.They also stand to lose a 3or 4 for ELowe trade.

  21. BB has many admirable traits. When did dismissing players who did not deserve it become one of them? I wonder how the Belichick family would feel if Kraft offered McDaniels the head coaching position and dropped BB in order to save 5 or 6mm or because he was getting too old? It’s one thing to cast shade on a player over character or performance issues, and quite another to imply a player has less value to the team than an incoming free agent who couldn’t carry his jockstrap.

  22. The 4th and 2 was the right call by BB. Kevin Faulk makes it, game over…I liked their chances.

    On topic, if Blount gets the 1.1 mill and is cut, nobody in NE, team or fans, will begrudge him the money. He’s a true Patriot and has already earned it twice over.

  23. If Blount is signed by another team, it means he will count towards their compensatory formula just like he’ll count towards the Pats’. So while the pick isn’t directly coming from the other team, the other team is “negatively” impacted from a compensatory standpoint if they now choose to sign Blount. This suppresses his market value even further than it seems to have been.

    Now, for $1.1 million, Belichick has all but guaranteed that Blount is a Patriot or at least won’t hurt them by going to another team without the Pats getting a compensatory pick in exchange.

    Chess vs. checkers.

  24. graylingskies says:
    May 10, 2017 5:06 PM

    BB has many admirable traits. When did dismissing players who did not deserve it become one of them? I wonder how the Belichick family would feel if Kraft offered McDaniels the head coaching position and dropped BB in order to save 5 or 6mm or because he was getting too old? It’s one thing to cast shade on a player over character or performance issues, and quite another to imply a player has less value to the team than an incoming free agent who couldn’t carry his jockstrap.
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    So basically you are saying that you are a better judge of talent and a better roster builder than BB.

  25. Waffle 2.0 says:
    May 10, 2017 5:18 PM

    Man, the Pats treat Blount like dirt.
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    Do you mean by offering a $1.1 million salary next year to a player that has not received a single offer – none – from any other NFL team?

  26. truetrue85 says:
    May 10, 2017 3:43 PM
    For every 4th and 2 blunder (@ Colts 09), there’s a multitude of little moves like this to further better the team in the future. From the day he was introduced, I’ve been proud to have Bill Belichick as the head coach of my team.
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    I get your point, but that should have been marked as a first down.

    Horrible spot….just to please the home team.

  27. I don’t waste my time interpreting his moves and I damn sure don’t need anyone interpreting it for me. If Belichick makes a roster move I already know exactly what it means and all I need to know: he’s trying to improve HIS team. IBWT!

  28. Hey you scored 18 TD’s for us last year, here’s $1.1 million. Meanwhile Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, and Chris Hogan are worshipped by the front office. I wonder what the difference is…

  29. Lions are not due any compensatory picks so if the Patriots know that the Lions will make an offer above what LB is due from the tender then this is more BB genius. If this is the case why wouldn’t the Lions already have bid on LB?

    It would now cost the Giants one of their compensatory picks to bid on LB. Is he really worth more than the tender plus a 7th round pick? If BB says yes then I have to suppress my doubts and say “yes”.

  30. Its a no brainer move and the Pats essentially bought a 6th or 7th round pick. Blount if not for his love of weed would have signed elsewhere by now and the Pats would have received nothing in return. Most teams in the same position would have also done the same thing.

  31. The 4th and 2 was the right call by BB. Kevin Faulk makes it, game over…I liked their chances.

    On topic, if Blount gets the 1.1 mill and is cut, nobody in NE, team or fans, will begrudge him the money. He’s a true Patriot and has already earned it twice over.

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    not only was it the right call, faulk made the first
    down

  32. seanfarnham says:
    May 10, 2017 5:51 PM

    It would now cost the Giants one of their compensatory picks to bid on LB.
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    That’s not how it works.

  33. I am an Australian who has been following the NFL for 6 years so it is entirely possible I am mistaken. As I understand it, the Giants are currently due 2 compensatory picks next year due to losing more relevant players than they bought. If they buy LB (I would be stunned if he was more than a 7 round compensatory) they will lose one of the two picks they are currently due. It won’t go directly to the Pats, but the Giants won’t have it anymore.

    Disregard this if your problem was misuse of the word “bid” instead of “buy”.?

  34. It is evident that there are a few readers of this site that know very little about the NFL! The Pats will not hurt any teams by placing this tender on Blount, no teams will lose a draft pick. The only benefit for them is they may get a compensatory pick out of it.

  35. I love people that come on this site and disparage other posters for knowing nothing about FB. Signing Blount is significant. For example, as it stands now, the Giants have 2 comp pls coming in the 7th rnd. If they sign BLount, one of them gets cancelled.

  36. seanfarnham says:
    May 10, 2017 6:47 PM
    I am an Australian who has been following the NFL for 6 years so it is entirely possible I am mistaken. As I understand it, the Giants are currently due 2 compensatory picks next year due to losing more relevant players than they bought. If they buy LB (I would be stunned if he was more than a 7 round compensatory) they will lose one of the two picks they are currently due. It won’t go directly to the Pats, but the Giants won’t have it anymore.
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    The compensatory pick signing offset date has passed. Any signings going forward will not offset compensatory picks

  37. As Mr Florio explained, any signing of Blount before 7/22 results in a compensatory pick, due to the tender.

  38. Agents and players league wide know to shy away from New England if you’re a vet on any type of prove t type low dollar deal.

    Blount is getting hosed here.

  39. tedmurph says:
    May 10, 2017 8:05 PM
    As Mr Florio explained, any signing of Blount before 7/22 results in a compensatory pick, due to the tender.
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    But not the OFFSET loss of one to the team that signs him. Hence the reason Minnesota waited to sign Floyd

  40. The patsies are trying to rip off Blount. He’ll be much better off signing with the Lions.

  41. Floyd was outside the compensatory picks formula, so completely different. You are saying LB is half in the compensatory picks formula, Pats win and no-one loses. Can you link to a source for this belief.

  42. canetic says:
    May 10, 2017 5:49 PM

    Hey you scored 18 TD’s for us last year, here’s $1.1 million. Meanwhile Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, and Chris Hogan are worshipped by the front office. I wonder what the difference is…
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    Amendola took a pay cut in order to re-sign. How is that evidence of worship?

    As for the players you listed, who are all white, I notice you did not mention NE’s signings of Gilmore, Ealy, Allen, Gillislee or Cooks. How come?

  43. Per nfl.com and referenced by another article here at PFT players signed between 05/10-06/01 will qualify as CFA’s. The argument is academic as pertains to another team signing Blount though, his contract’s APY will most likely not be enough not to hit the cutoff amount

  44. Jag, you’re missing the boat. MFLoyd was not tendered. I’ll repeat what is a fact. If the Giants sign BLount, they will lose a comp pk in the 7th rnd they are currently entitled to. Period

  45. Where is a loop-hole, a grey area, a weakness in the rules open to exploitation, there is the NE Patriots. It’s not that anyone else isn’t as smart but because everyone else has a spine.

  46. graylingskies says:
    May 10, 2017 5:06 PM
    BB has many admirable traits. When did dismissing players who did not deserve it become one of them? I wonder how the Belichick family would feel if Kraft offered McDaniels the head coaching position and dropped BB in order to save 5 or 6mm or because he was getting too old? It’s one thing to cast shade on a player over character or performance issues, and quite another to imply a player has less value to the team than an incoming free agent who couldn’t carry his jockstrap.
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    Loser mentality. It isn’t about coddling players, it’s about building the best 53 man roster. Glad you don’t run the team.

  47. townie45 says:
    May 10, 2017 5:49 PM

    The Pats backups could win the AFC East ; just saying.
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    Put the pipe down and step away, son.

  48. Wow, this is a pretty F’d up move by the Pat’s. This does literally NOTHING except guarantee that Blount doesn’t play next season.

    No team is going to give up draft pick compensation for him and if he isn’t signed by July 22nd (which is all, but guaranteed), the only place he can sign and play is in New England. A team that has already replaced him. He’s virtually guaranteed to not play next season.

    Seems like a pretty crappy way to treat a guy that put up 1,000+ yards and 18 TD’s for you last season.

  49. seanfarnham says:
    May 10, 2017 8:39 PM
    Floyd was outside the compensatory picks formula, so completely different. You are saying LB is half in the compensatory picks formula, Pats win and no-one loses. Can you link to a source for this belief.

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    I’m with you here, doesn’t seem like people understand that because of the tender, a different team signing would have a negative impact against their 2018 compensatory picks

  50. This is a classy movie for a player that was great for the Patriots. He has a place to go automatically that makes more than he made last year and he can still get a deal done if he wants. That’s as close to loyalty as the Patriots can show.

  51. senatorblutarsky says:
    May 10, 2017 8:34 PM
    The patsies are trying to rip off Blount. He’ll be much better off signing with the Lions.

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    It’s a rip off to offer someone a contract in the NFL for more than that made last year that doesn’t prevent them from signing elsewhere?

  52. war27 says:
    May 10, 2017 8:18 PM
    Agents and players league wide know to shy away from New England if you’re a vet on any type of prove t type low dollar deal.

    Blount is getting hosed here.

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    Wrong.

  53. Anybody consider the fact that maybe, at his advanced age for a RB, that LB is done and that nobody really wants him as there are younger, cheaper alternatives available?

    Maybe the 1.1 million from the Patriots is basically a reward for past performance, both on and off the field over the past few years? Nah, this would never fit the haters agenda…

  54. Last year the Patriots paid Blount the veteran minimum. Then they ran him into the ground with a whopping 300 carries. Blount never complains, works his tail off anyway, and scores the most TDs in the NFL all the way to a Lombardi Trophy.

    Then the Patriots turn around and show their appreciation by doing this to him? Stay classy New England.

  55. canetic says:
    May 10, 2017 5:49 PM

    Hey you scored 18 TD’s for us last year, here’s $1.1 million. Meanwhile Gronk, Edelman, Amendola, and Chris Hogan are worshipped by the front office. I wonder what the difference is…

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    They all play positions BB values more than RB?

  56. Am I right – if he signs the tender he gets paid the tender amount even if he’s cut? If so, then the NYG & Minn Vikings, or anyone else, won’t be able play the “vet minimum card”.

  57. Patriots are ruthless, obviously in a good way. This dude has put up top 10 rb numbers while playing for peanuts. Then he wants to get paid a little but they don’t want him unless he’ll play for cheap. I’m not saying they’re wrong, but they show no concerns aboit being loyal to players. But somehow the lockerroom dynamic works fine. Nobodys feelings get hurt about it because they are there to win. That thing with Reggie Wayne a couple years ago where he just quit because of the organizational culture was telling.

  58. Maybe the 1.1 million from the Patriots is basically a reward for past performance, both on and off the field over the past few years?
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    Clearly not, because it limits Blount’s market while giving the Patriots a compensatory pick. This was not done in Blount’s interest; he’s already said he has no plans on signing the tender.

    He just turned 30, the age when most RBs want 1 final multi-year contract….not a low paying 1 year deal which restricts them from joining other teams.

  59. His ypc has declined for three consec season’s,and coming off apprx 300 carries, I think guaranteeing (30+ yrs) him a min of $1.1 mil is a good thing as opposed to “hosing him”

  60. The players must be looking at their union reps wondering how they let that one slip through.

    The team get exclusive negotiating rights, why did the NFLPA agree to that?

  61. bamboozle99 says:
    May 10, 2017 9:30 PM
    Where is a loop-hole, a grey area, a weakness in the rules open to exploitation, there is the NE Patriots. It’s not that anyone else isn’t as smart but because everyone else has a spine.
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    it’s neither a loop hole, grey area or a weakness in the rule. It is the rule. You guys can’t decide if you want to hate them because they follow the rules or they don’t. Get off your high horse.

  62. BB screwing over Blount big time. No player leaves the Pats on a good note. BB is a great coach, but lets be honest, he’s a “donkey”.

  63. As smart as the Pats organization is, the reason this isn’t used much is because it’s ‘dirty pool’. There are teams out there that are interested in LBlount. They’d probably be willing to pay 2+mil. Now, they don’t have to. They can just say play or 1 mil, or go back to the Pats, knowing they don’t need him and he’ll probably get cut.

  64. I have tried to respond to you both multiple times. Floyd was not outside the CFA formula until yesterday and it’s only being tendered that makes Blount still subject to it. It is not a “belief” it is a fact. Confirmation isn’t hard to find right here at PFT, there was a story about it posted here at 10:49 am yesterday morning. The only reason the Patriots would get a pick for Blount is that he was tendered but there will be no impact to the signing team.

    (moderator, the info is accurate please allow this to stand)

  65. I don’t know why people don’t understand this. As it stands now, both the Ravens and the Giants(probably 2) will receive 7th round picks due to their FA losses. If either sign LBlount, probably for around 2 mil, one of their 7th rnd compensatories will be cancelled out. FACT>

  66. tedmurph says:
    May 11, 2017 5:30 PM
    I don’t know why people don’t understand this. As it stands now, both the Ravens and the Giants(probably 2) will receive 7th round picks due to their FA losses. If either sign LBlount, probably for around 2 mil, one of their 7th rnd compensatories will be cancelled out. FACT>
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    That rule was changed in ’15. Only players signed in the first 2 months of FA, that ended May 9, count towards the CFA formula.

  67. maust1013 says:
    May 11, 2017 8:45 PM
    tedmurph says:
    May 11, 2017 5:30 PM
    I don’t know why people don’t understand this. As it stands now, both the Ravens and the Giants(probably 2) will receive 7th round picks due to their FA losses. If either sign LBlount, probably for around 2 mil, one of their 7th rnd compensatories will be cancelled out. FACT>
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    That rule was changed in ’15. Only players signed in the first 2 months of FA, that ended May 9, count towards the CFA formula. If a player is tendered and signs with another team the team losing him will be in line for a comp pick but the team signing him will not lose one.

  68. Miguel doesn’t say a word about how another team signing him impacts their CFA calculation just how it impacts the Pats and also makes a point of how his deal probably won’t make the cash cutoff for the top 32. The nfl and the nflpa sites clearly state signings after May 10 have no negative impact

  69. The NFLPA site does not include players that are tendered bt 5/9. That’s the whole point.

  70. “If Blount signs elsewhere, and Pats add a “player lost” in the comp pick formula, does signing team then count Blount as a player gained?
    A: Yes. Will not matter to teams who are unlikely to receive a 2018 comp pick. Am going to use the 49ers as an example. They have signed 12 CFAs and lost 2 CFAs. Their chances of getting a 2018 comp pick are nil or zero. Signing Blount, therefore, can’t hurt their changes. On the other hand, teams who are projected to receive 2018 compensatory picks may now not sign Blount in fear of losing a 2018 compensatory. Am going to use the Arizona Cardinals as an example. The Cardinals are projected to receive four compensatory picks in 2018. If they now sign Blount, they will lose a 2018 6th round compensatory pick by doing so.

  71. I stand corrected. When I followed the sources I heard referenced on Boomer & Carton I found what they found, what I found here reinforced it. Since then I read Yates piece that lays it out much better. If you read Yates it does look like it may all be a moot point though

  72. No worries. You’re right, whomever signs Blount probably won’t pay him enough to make the top 32. Rooting for him to get a job. He’s ‘only’ made about 6.5mil over his entire career.

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