LeGarrette Blount is still out there looking for a team to pay him, but it sounds like he might not have to go very far.
The Patriots, where Blount played for the last season and a half, reportedly have a deal on the table for him to remain with the Super Bowl Champions, but it will be up to him if he wants to stay or not.
New England is known for not overly investing at running back, it preferring to allow even its most productive veterans walk via free agency. Blount currently has an “offer on the table” from the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported Friday. That he’s yet to accept it may indicate the deal’s numbers and/or structure do not meet his expectation.
Blount at the right price seems the preferred option. The 30-year-old set career highs in 2016 with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. He plays the wrong position at the wrong age to be compensated in respect to that production. His limitations in the passing game and an April draft class considered to be deep also curtail his value.
New England isn’t exactly scrounging for bodies, either. It signed Rex Burkhead last month to accompany Dion Lewis, James White, DJ Foster, Brandon Bolden and James Develin.
Blount is really the best option for the Pats, and unless a team swoops in and blows him away, he should do the right thing and take the deal.