Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount said a couple weeks ago that he won’t be happy if Tampa Bay drafts Alabama running back Trent Richardson. Today he backed off those comments.
“Of course, I’d welcome him as a teammate,” Blount said of Richardson, via the Tampa Bay Times. “I’ve met the guy before. He’s not a bad kid, but at the same time, like I said, I’d welcome anything that helps the team get better. I’d welcome anybody as a teammate, it doesn’t matter who it is.”
So why did Blount say he wouldn’t be happy with Richardson’s presence in Tampa Bay?
“Like I said, it was just a comment,” Blount said. “There’s nothing for anybody to read too deep into. You know, there’s not nothing I would want to explain. It was just a comment and I left it at that.”
That doesn’t really clear anything up, but the reality is that Blount is like most players in the NFL in that he’d probably prefer that his team not spend a first-round pick on a player at his own position. And Blount is like all players in the NFL in that he doesn’t have any say over what his team does in the draft. So if Blount ends up playing with Richardson, he might not be thrilled. But he’ll live with it.