LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles

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Running back LeGarrette Blount’s time as a free agent lasted a bit longer than expected, but it has come to an end.

The Eagles announced on Wednesday that they have signed Blount. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the deal is worth up to $2.8 million for the 2017 season while Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Cardinals also showed interest in Blount before he made his deal with Philly.

Blount ran 299 times for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns with the Patriots last season and New England reportedly made an offer for him to return, but it wasn’t where Blount wanted it to be and the Patriots have added Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee to the backfield in the interim.

They also extended a rarely-used tender to Blount that means his signing with the Eagles will count as part of the compensatory pick formula for both teams despite the May 10 deadline passing before he reached agreement on a deal.

That didn’t stop the Eagles, who will plug Blount into a backfield group that also includes Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey. There was speculation that Mathews would be exiting the group before Blount was signed, however, and that will probably tick up with the veteran back in the fold.

87 responses to “LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles

  1. Good for him. he has to be the most underrated Patriot of the BB era. Power back that scored 18 TD’s last year and he’s treated like last weeks garbage by the fan base.

    Blount is not elite but he’s hands down the best sledge hammer currently playing in the NFL. My favorite run last year was vs Pitt in the playoffs when he took 6 Steelers into the endzone for a TD. He had a similar run week 1 vs the Cardinals.

  2. Good move. This is the type of back Philly needed. Someone to ice a game and kill some clock.

  3. Fun player to watch, I hope he has a good year and Philly fans get to see make some of the entertaining type plays he made for the Pats.
    Big guy but definitely not just a 3 yards and a cloud of dust type plodder.

  4. Somewhat surprised……I wonder how he does with a team that is not quite there as a contender……..

  5. Good luck, champ! And kudos to Belichick for getting a pick in return. As long as Develin stays heathy the road grading for NE will continue regardless.

  6. Something’s must be up with all the salary cap websites? The eagles have been severely up against the cap since the last season ended- as has been noted in many comments too. Despite this they’ve signed a number of free agents, some not cheap, and all the rookies bar 1. Where is Howie finding the money, or is everywhere else just wrong?

  7. Hard not to love this move for the Eagles. Blount along with Sproles and Pumphrey isn’t a bad trio to have behind Wentz and his new weapons on the outside.

  8. If it lasted longer than expected why didn’t you run hourly articles on him not being signed. I mean it’s not like every player gets signed on day one or is ignored.

  9. That’s about as solid of a 1-year signing as the Brids could expect this late in the game while filling a pretty sizable hole on the roster / role wise.

  10. Really, there was no spot for him in NE. But pretty smart of BB to know the loophole to pick up an extra 7th rounder. Just a little sweetener when trying to move up in the later rounds.

  11. I’m fine w this. The big back we did not have yet.
    And I thought Blount was holding out for big money, I assume he figured it was not coming, since he’s been a FA this long.

  12. Wow! I can only hope he is still motivated having won 2 SBs. Philly has struggled in short yardage situations for many seasons. Now that he’s not under the Stepford System, I hope he can remain disciplined and bring that BB mystic with him. Lot’s of new faces to blend into the offense. I hope it works!

    How about upgrading that defense some more too.

  13. Thanks LeGarrette, it was a season to remember. Best of luck to you in Philly, wish you much success and good health in the future.

    The Partiots machine marches onward, towards SB LII…

  14. Well geez, 2.8 million doesn’t seem like a lot to get. I don’t know what the Patriots were offering, but it can’t have been less than that?

  15. Big back- makes sense on a team that is going to cut Mathews once he his healthy. Birds whiffed in the draft on an RB- can’t fix every hole but a talented one year rental if motivated.

  16. He definitely picked the best team that will give him the most playing time.
    This was the missing piece to a revamped offense. He will be playing behind a very good line with an up and coming QB

  17. Blount is a good back and this is a good signing if they are planning a run by committee approach, where he is not asked to carry the bulk of snaps–wrong side of 30 but can still contribute.

  18. Eagles definitely need to dump Kelce now. Cant have a thumper back, with a 280lb center that gets the A gaps blown up every play.

    Stick Seumalo in there, it was his best position in college. Peters, Barbre (or Warmack), Seumalo, Brooks, Johnson. Stout OL with a chance to finally work the trenches.

    And now with Jeffery and Smith outside, it actually looks like Wentz wont be playing with one hand tied behind his back.

  19. Im glad Blount got a good deal for himself, he deserves it and as I wish him well he has my gratitude for what he brought the Patriots while here. The Blount I know is a guy that will nail those incentives too. And Philly just got more dangerous, trust me on that one. And Belichick snagged a piece of pie for himself too. (anyone surprised?)

    This is a win – win – win. Blount, The Eagles, and The Patriots all come out ahead on this deal. Those things are nice to see when they happen.

  20. We’ll see if Philly can figure out how to use him. If he’s on the field and not getting the ball, he’s a liability. Doesn’t block very well and doesn’t catch the ball particularly well.
    He was a solid citizen in Foxboro and accepted his role. Not so much in Tampa and Pittsburgh. It’ll be interesting.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t finish the season.

  21. The comp pick formula takes into account losses and signings and contracts given in each case, because of the Pats signing Gilmore to a decent sized contract, there’s no way this will get them a comp pick.

  22. He did have 18 TDs, but averaged less than 4 yards per carry behind a solid OL. Wish him the best of luck, but he wasn’t signed early in FA because his skill set is limited. Highly unlikely he scores even 12 TDs next season.

  23. Saints sign Adrian Peterson, HOF lock, and make a lot of cautious comments, some optimistic but none overly so

    Seahawks sign Lacy and the fans kinda ho-hum or join in on making fat jokes.

    Eagles sign Blount, waaaaaaay late in the off-season, and the fans are talking about how great he’s gonna be and how he’s yet another excellent improvement to a team that is a lock to be the Next Big Thing.
    Its like they already forgot 3-0 last year.
    Should start a support group with the Vikings.

  24. Howie is continuing to follow in the footsteps of Joe banner and is playing fantasy football. Dream Team Baby! Lots of names but do they have the games. Too many what if’s on this team.

  25. That May 9th tender move by The Pats was brilliant. Very good signing by The Eagles. Since Philly has been in one year veteran mode all offseason. They might as well go sign Revis or any capable veteran corner, they can find. That is their biggest team weakness. They can’t cover anyone.

  26. Let’s see how he does on a team with a subpar passing game. I’m guessing teams don’t exactly fear Wentz like they do Brady.

  27. Who runs for more yards this year: Blount, Lynch, Charles, or Lacy?

    AP will be injured by week 3, so he doesn’t count. That and the fact that he doesn’t have dreadlocks, LOL.

  28. Worked out for best for all sides: Blount gets more money and the Pats improve their backfield while using a rule to get them another pick.

    #Winning

  29. factschecker says:
    May 17, 2017 10:31 AM
    Good for him. he has to be the most underrated Patriot of the BB era. Power back that scored 18 TD’s last year and he’s treated like last weeks garbage by the fan base.

    Blount is not elite but he’s hands down the best sledge hammer currently playing in the NFL. My favorite run last year was vs Pitt in the playoffs when he took 6 Steelers into the endzone for a TD. He had a similar run week 1 vs the Cardinals.
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    As someone who’s watched every snap of Blount with the Patriots he’s no where near “the best sledgehammer currently playing” That is a pretty big misnomer about this guy. Yes, he’s a “big back” and is OK in short yardage. But once you watch him more closely you realize he is among the slowest in the NFL at hitting the hole and he dances WAYYYY too much for a back of his stature. Everyone gets hung up on his 18 TD’s. But most of those wear 1 yard TD plunges. As Bill Belichick says “stats are for losers”.

    The Patriots have replaced Blount with a significant upgrade in Gillislee.

  30. jdzboyz says:
    May 17, 2017 12:32 PM

    Let’s see how he does on a team with a subpar passing game. I’m guessing teams don’t exactly fear Wentz like they do Brady.

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    By the end of this season, he will be a lot more feared. Youtube “Wentz drops”… there is a video chronicling every drop last season. There were 4 in the end zone alone. 3 that were tipped up in the air for INTS. Trust me…Wentz will be much much improved with Jeffrey and Smith.

  31. factschecker says:
    May 17, 2017 10:31 AM
    Good for him. he has to be the most underrated Patriot of the BB era. Power back that scored 18 TD’s last year and he’s treated like last weeks garbage by the fan base.

    Blount is not elite but he’s hands down the best sledge hammer currently playing in the NFL. My favorite run last year was vs Pitt in the playoffs when he took 6 Steelers into the endzone for a TD. He had a similar run week 1 vs the Cardinals.

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    He didn’t score on the play you are referencing. I like Blount all right but he isn’t a game changing RB. They made him a fair offer and have a lot of other talent at RB.

  32. I was asking for this deal for weeks and figured the Birds weren’t interested. Like the Patriots had , the Eagles now have a few guys capable of running the ball and catching passes out of the backfield. Blount won’t have to carry the load with Sproles and Pumphrey there, and when they have a 3rd and 1 they have a big body for once.

  33. therealraider says:

    May 17, 2017 10:57 AM

    Pats fans will convince themselves they are better off. Truth is Blount was a workhorse for them.
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    Blount has always been slow to hit the hole, even in his prime and now he’s clearly lost a step or two. Mike Gillislee will be a major upgrade. Gillislee runs harder is more explosive and is just entering his prime.

  34. Huge signing for the Eagles. They have no big backs. No one to protect Wentz. No one for 3rd and 1 or goal line carries. He also beats up the defense even on 3 yard gains. This will help Sproles, Smallwood, and Pumphrey. Good to keep him away from the Giants as well.

  35. firesnyder says:
    May 17, 2017 11:27 AM

    Showing major signs of wear and tear. Awful signing for the long run.
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    It’s a one year deal, but my sense is that trying to explain this to you isn’t going to be worth the effort.

  36. gmen6820 says:
    May 17, 2017 10:43 AM
    Ugh. Decent signing, I guess..

    – Giants fan
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    Have to agree, Iggles getting a legit power back can only help them.

    Another Giants fan.

  37. Potentially good for Philly, but the reason Belichick didn’t offer more was that Blounts yds/carry has been slowly ebbing away, he’s ageing and Belichick calculated Blount only has one good year left – whereas Blount wanted a 2 or 3yr contract. If Philly look at this as a 1yr deal then it’s pricey but still a solid quality weapon. The guy worked hard in NE last year.

  38. phillyfan7786 says:
    May 17, 2017 10:35 AM

    Good move. This is the type of back Philly needed. Someone to ice a game and kill some clock.
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    True. Now we just need to get some 4th quarter leads. No point in killing some clock down 21 points.

  39. parasol monster says:
    May 17, 2017 10:42 AM
    Hard not to love this move for the Eagles. Blount along with Sproles and Pumphrey isn’t a bad trio to have behind Wentz and his new weapons on the outside.

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    I like Pumphrey and think he will be dangerous if the Eagles can get him the ball with a little room to work with…but it’s going to be funny to see him next to Sproles…it’ll be the first time Sproles ever dwarfed anybody….

  40. I wish Blount all the best – he was a fantastic Patriot and gave the team everything he had.

    Truth is, even though his numbers looks good at first glance it was taking increasingly more touches to get his yards year by year.

    I think a good runner should be putting up 4.5ypc against defences that are often selling out to stop the Brady led passing attack.

  41. MVP’ Matthew Stafford says:
    May 17, 2017 10:43 AM

    Must-add in all formats!!
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    A little early as most leagues won’t draft for months, and Blount will be in a timeshare with Sproles, Mathews, smallwood etc. He might average 5 touches a game?
    Maybe he’s an RB2 in 12 team leagues, but will likely be drafted too high based on last season. Let somebody else overpay for him this year IMO.
    (He went undrafted in my 10 team last year, I got him as a FA in week 1. )

  42. I mean, we still aren’t winning anything with our CB situation. But it’s looking pretty good around Wentz right now. On paper at least (both starting WR and RB being new, it’s only on paper), a big bruising back was the last piece they needed. Someone who can punish defenses, and get the tough yard or two (and not fumble in key situations *cough* Ryan Matthews *cough*). I like our front 7 and safeties, but you can’t hide both corners, it’s not possible

    Speaking of Matthews, after they release him (which will happen), they will actually save money on the cap bringing in Blount

  43. LeGarrette Blount will walk off the field before an Eagles game is over and New England will welcome him back with open arms. A real love story if you ask me.

  44. cylondetector says:
    May 17, 2017 2:23 PM
    I wish Blount all the best – he was a fantastic Patriot and gave the team everything he had.

    Truth is, even though his numbers looks good at first glance it was taking increasingly more touches to get his yards year by year.

    I think a good runner should be putting up 4.5ypc against defences that are often selling out to stop the Brady led passing attack.

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    Sorry, but as a diehard Pats fan there is not a lot to complain about here, but I will anyway:

    If there is one flaw with McDaneils and Brady, and to some degree BB, is the perfectionism quest.

    They’re so obsessed with matchups, that they’d throw 40+ times a game MOST of the time, and sub Blount in and out for short yardage situations and then expect Blount to somehow not get stoned with entire front 7 blasting through the line of scrimmage.

    Sorry, but I don’t expect any RB to face those odds and success against solid or great defenses.

    Against the weaker defenses, obviously it works great.

    Blount is old school and needs at least 12 carries weekly to do 90+ yards on the ground, but what he can do for Wentz is get him to more playaction plays, as long as Philly loads Blount up with 12+ carries on a weekly basis.

    He’s not a specialty back. This is the equivalent of John Riggins being subbed on and off and only getting about 8 carries per game most games.

    Wouldn’t work then, doesn’t work now.

    So, if the plan is to use Blount as a pure 2 down back with Wentz under Center, 2 TEs, 2 WRs, or 1 TE and a FB, most of the time in more traditional sets, than Blount will do well from week to week.

    Have a nice day.

  45. factschecker says:
    May 17, 2017 10:31 AM
    Good for him. he has to be the most underrated Patriot of the BB era. Power back that scored 18 TD’s last year and he’s treated like last weeks garbage by the fan base.

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    Blount, while a good teammate and good player is a product of the system.

    This is like saying Gostkowski is a great kicker because he’s always attempting FGs and extra points because of his personal doing.

    Simply not true.

    You’re falling into the trap that MOST educated people after 15+ years of watching NE, already know.

    Blount will be NOWHERE CLOSE to 18 TDs and 1000 yards next year, as his YPC numbers have steadily declined 4 years in a row.

    Also, you better hope you have a beastly O Line or a great, athletic O Line that is good at zone blocking, otherwise, you’re going to be seriously disappointed.

  46. firstand4ever says:
    May 17, 2017 12:29 PM
    That May 9th tender move by The Pats was brilliant. Very good signing by The Eagles. Since Philly has been in one year veteran mode all offseason. They might as well go sign Revis or any capable veteran corner, they can find. That is their biggest team weakness. They can’t cover anyone.

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    VERY brilliant. BB just picked up a 4th and 5th rd draft pick in the last week simply by doing it.

    lol

    He was never keeping Blount but he signed him to that tender. They’d already de-gifted his #29 to some rookie, so he was gone. They just knew someone was going to end up signing him before camp.

    Double lol

    Watch the genius, folks. Watch the genius.

  47. mm556 says:
    May 17, 2017 10:42 AM
    Something’s must be up with all the salary cap websites? The eagles have been severely up against the cap since the last season ended- as has been noted in many comments too. Despite this they’ve signed a number of free agents, some not cheap, and all the rookies bar 1. Where is Howie finding the money, or is everywhere else just wrong?

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    Umm, no. This is why the Giants never could have gotten him, the cap hell they’re about to enter needing to sign Beckham.

    Yikes.

    Good move by Phily for a lead back with some power and under 3 mil per.

    Philly’s cap position is clearly superior to that of NY’s.

  48. I dont care if Blount averaged 3 yards even last year. He averaged more then 5.6 yards per carry on 3rd n 2 or less and 4th n 2 less with 5 tds. He also converted a First Down or Scored a Touchdown on 82% of plays with 1-3 yards left to go.

    Blount isnt here to touch the ball 25 times a game. He’ll get 12 or so touches in short yardage situations. Sproles will be out there on obvious passing downs and 2-3 runs, and Smallwood will get 10 or so 1st and 10 or 2nd and 5 handoff situations.

  49. tylawspick6 says:
    May 17, 2017 4:41 PM
    mm556 says:
    May 17, 2017 10:42 AM
    Something’s must be up with all the salary cap websites? The eagles have been severely up against the cap since the last season ended- as has been noted in many comments too. Despite this they’ve signed a number of free agents, some not cheap, and all the rookies bar 1. Where is Howie finding the money, or is everywhere else just wrong?

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    Umm, no. This is why the Giants never could have gotten him, the cap hell they’re about to enter needing to sign Beckham.

    Yikes.

    Good move by Phily for a lead back with some power and under 3 mil per.

    Philly’s cap position is clearly superior to that of NY’s.

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    I should’ve said in my post, nothing against the move- I think it was a good choice for the eagles, just genuinely interested as to where the eagles are in cap space right now, one week we seem to have nothing left in terms of space, the next week we’ve spent a few mil here and there on a new player

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