Could LeGarrette Blount already be on the outs in Philly?

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The last time LeGarrette Blount left the Patriots, he signed with a team in Pennsylvania. It didn’t go well, Blount was cut, he rejoined the Pats, and he won a Super Bowl.

Blount has now left the Pats again for a different team in Pennsylvania. It’s already not going well. And there’s speculation that he’ll soon be in position to return to the Patriots once again.

Matt Lombardo of NJ.com suggests that Blount is on the bubble in Phlly. A short-yardage specialist, Blount otherwise doesn’t fit in the Eagles offense. If he can’t be counted on to gain tough yards between the tackles (299 carries last year didn’t help), he may not be of much use to coach Doug Pederson.

Blount has brushed off his subpar preseason performance with the Eagles, but the Patriots resisted bringing him back for a reason. It could be that Bill Belichick once again picked the right time to move on and move out.

Unless Blount is cut and Belichick then brings him back at a steep discount, plugging him back in to the role that the Patriots still haven’t filled in his absence.

35 responses to “Could LeGarrette Blount already be on the outs in Philly?

  1. “but the Patriots resisted bringing him back for a reason.”

    Yeah, he wanted a lot more money than the Pats had him slotted for in their cap model.

  2. He’s doesn’t always get it 100%(seymour), but more often than(Revis) not when BB feels it’s time to move on, time and future results prove he was correct.

    Remember also, BB places a value on every player based on history, potential and leverage. Le’veon Bell in PIT is a perfect example. Allegedly turned down 12M/ year, looking for 15M when the high end market for RBs seems to be around 8-9M/year. He’ll end up handcuffing the Steelers with that horrible deal or pass and regret it forever.

    Belichick will never consider doing a deal like that. Especially when 70% of his production can be had for 25% of the money and the workload is shared so an injury doesn’t derail the RB plans, unlike Bell who if goes down, you lit all that money on fire.

  3. Guy had 2 carries in 1 game n 4 in the other. Gotta give him a shot at getting a rhythm. Just bc 1 writer thinks he could b a suprise cut doesnt mean it isnt going well.

  4. “Unless Blount is cut and Belichick then brings him back at a steep discount, plugging him back in to the role that the Patriots still haven’t filled in his absence.”

    What do you think Gillislee & Burkhead are for? Blount got replaced by 2 capable backs that do not tip the offenses hand of whether they will run or pass. I fail to see how they “haven’t filled in his absence”.

  5. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:15 am
    “but the Patriots resisted bringing him back for a reason.”

    Yeah, he wanted a lot more money than the Pats had him slotted for in their cap model.
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    He signed a 1 year deal with Philly for $1.25M, the Pats tendered him at $1.1 and the vet minimum for a 7 year player is $900k. From top to bottom a total swing of $325k, not much difference in the cap hit there. So where is the big difference in your supposed slot in their ‘cap model?’ There is more to Blount not being in NE than $325k. Looking at their current collection of backs it seems they must want more speed and versatility out of the position than Blount brings to the table, it sure isn’t the cap hit that’s responsible.

  6. “He’s doesn’t always get it 100%(seymour)”

    So Seymour retired in 2012. The draft pick they got in return for him turned into Nate Solder, and he’s been a solid NFL left tackle, helping them to two Super Bowl titles.

    That trade has pretty clearly been a win for the Patriots.

  7. C’mon they are running zone blocking scheme sweeps with a straight ahead runner .
    They used the same strategy with DeMarco Murray , how’d that work out for ya?
    Plug in a bigger center then run him up the gut .
    They run Sproles up the gut with quick hitters and he gains big yardage .
    Sooner or later the light will go on .

  8. mainescouter says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:47 am
    “He’s doesn’t always get it 100%(seymour)”

    So Seymour retired in 2012. The draft pick they got in return for him turned into Nate Solder, and he’s been a solid NFL left tackle, helping them to two Super Bowl titles.

    That trade has pretty clearly been a win for the Patriots.

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    yes, it did

    bb chose wilfork over seymour to pay, and then fleeced al davis

  9. I think the Super Bowl was the deciding factor. BB sees power backs as not the answer anymore. The game has changed and again he is ahead of everyone. The Pats won the Super Bowl with a pass catching back that can cut and juke. The fumble in the SB didn’t help either

  10. factpurveyor says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Roger Goodell still hasn’t released the results of the PSI study that was conducted during the 2015 NFL season. Cheating by 31 teams would be exposed.

    37 21 Rate This

    Who cares but you, fanboys and troll’s……now that’s a dope ring.

  11. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 20, 2017 at 11:56 am
    factpurveyor says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:26 am
    Roger Goodell still hasn’t released the results of the PSI study that was conducted during the 2015 NFL season. Cheating by 31 teams would be exposed.

    37 21 Rate This

    Who cares but you, fanboys and troll’s……now that’s a dope ring.

    Actually it is huge. Brady nearly pulled off the impossible by forcing lying Roger into a corner when you see how he intentionally misled the press and public on the facts then did zero to prove his claim I agree I’m still waiting for the proof. Clown Roger is a vial human piece of junk

  12. Yeah Patriot Football Talk strikes again. Besides too many stories on anthem stand/no-stands on a night after some reasonable stories in pre-season, there are 31 other teams in the NFL but somehow PFT always brings it back to the Patriots. They cut Blount for a reason, and there are capable backs with a lot more value already sitting in NE. Blount’s future isn’t likely about the Patriots. Let’s get a little more balanced here.

  13. I don’t even think of him as a “short yardage specialist”. He’s a big back that’s a terror for defensive backs to tackle once he’s in the secondary, but he hits the hole way too slow to be effective in short yardage.

    At least, that’s how he was in Tampa. Don’t know how much he improved in NE.

  14. “It didn’t go well, Blount was cut, he rejoined the Pats, and he won a Super Bowl.”
    What’s your idea of ‘going well’? I do not think that means what you think it means.

  15. reddzen says:
    August 20, 2017 at 1:02 pm
    Yeah Patriot Football Talk strikes again.
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    Cool story bro, not true but it does highlight your obsession. Including this one that is really an Eagles story in the past week there have been 13 Pats stories here in the past week, 22 Bills stories, 17 Fish tales and 17 Jets articles. If PFT’s obsession rivaled yours you’d expect there’d be at least as many stories about the SB winners as there were about your fish or the last place Jests.

  16. There’s one other aspect of the Patriots’ decision that people aren’t recognizing. They were tired of telegraphing to other teams what they were going to do simply by the presence of a particular running back on the field.

    When Blount was on the field, teams, correctly, felt certain that New England wasn’t going to throw to the running back and it increased the chances that they would run the ball.

    Gillislee (sp?) and Burkhead can catch the ball as well as run. So can Dion Lewis. Hell, the play that ended the Super Bowl was a pitch to James White. But Blount was almost useless against the Falcons.

    They also wanted to get the roster in better shape in case teams went to more man coverage and so they got Cooks and hope for Gronk to be back healthy.

  17. Please have a clue. The Eagles are roughly 11 mil under the cap. They’d only save about 800k by cutting Blount. It’s 2 gms into the preseason. The only person of note behind Blount is Sproles, who’s a 3rd down changeup back. Stop.

  18. threespeedfan says:
    August 20, 2017 at 2:38 pm
    “It didn’t go well, Blount was cut, he rejoined the Pats, and he won a Super Bowl.”
    What’s your idea of ‘going well’? I do not think that means what you think it means.

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    The “it” in that sentence you took out of context was his stay in Pittsburgh, which most certainly did not go well.

  19. factpurveyor says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Roger Goodell still hasn’t released the results of the PSI study that was conducted during the 2015 NFL season. Cheating by 31 teams would be exposed.

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    roger goodell destroyed tapes from spygate without releasing the results to other teams. the extent of cheating by patriots would be exposed.

    move on.

  20. mrkbuilders says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

    …Belichick will never consider doing a deal like that. Especially when 70% of his production can be had for 25% of the money and the workload is shared so an injury doesn’t derail the RB plans, unlike Bell who if goes down, you lit all that money on fire…

    For every hater that thinks the Patriots must have poisoned the Falcons’ Gatorade or that any QB can be plugged into the Patriots system, bad payroll management is just one more of the reason your team loses.

  21. Some Patriots players (Blount, Marty, Chandler Jones, Chris Long, etc.) lose that “hunger” after they get their SB ring and are just trying to cash in while they still can.

    I don’t blame them for that, it is a job and a passion, but number one it’s a job and there is not much more loyalty to one team than there is to a coke or a pepsi. Unless you’re like Brady or some other guys whose passion exceeds their desire to make a couple million more than they already have.

    Luckily, the Pats have something to offer players who are hungry and want a chance at the ring. That’s why they can get guys like Gillislee and Burkhead at a bit of a discount who are hopefully going to play like there’s no tomorrow.

  22. harrisonhits2 says:
    August 20, 2017 at 10:15 am
    “but the Patriots resisted bringing him back for a reason.”
    Yeah, he wanted a lot more money than the Pats had him slotted for in their cap model.

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    I think it was his performance against good teams. Not good enough. His stats in the playoffs are bad save the two big Indy games. Really bad.

  23. scrappler says:
    August 21, 2017 at 9:56 am

    roger goodell destroyed tapes from spygate without releasing the results to other teams. the extent of cheating by patriots would be exposed.
    move on.

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    It would not have been fair to The Jets to let 31 teams see that tape from a portion of the 1st quarter of the first game of the 2007 season. Since is was so horrible that the camera was a few feet away from where it “should have been” according to Roger Goodell. Silly trolls who are jealous of The Patriots success have been trying to label is as “cheating” for over 10 years. Seems like you are 10 years over due to tell the silly trolls to “move on”.

    Over 10 years ago the Patriots were over punished when the coach misinterpreted a memo and positioned a camera a few feet away from where the camera would was allowed based on how the author of the poorly worded memo wanted his memo to be interpreted. That camera was out of position for a portion of the 1st quarter of the 1st game of the 2007 NFL season. The author of the memo got to be the judge and jury and the patriots got a lesson in human nature when the memo writer displayed his petty tyrant mentality while believing that he was being disrespected. That was over 10 years ago but jealous haters refuse to let it go.

  24. uh florio,

    the premise of cutting blount is absurd. first there is not financial reason to do so. he signed a very team-friendly deal. second eagles are too thin at RB. they can’t afford to cut blount for personnel, or lack of personnel, reasons

    and while we are talking eagles RBs, i predict corey clement makes the team and is starting RB next season.

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