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Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount to one-year deal

18 Mai 2017

Earlier, the New England Patriots tagged a tender Blount to allow them to use the running back's departure as part of their compensation formula, despite the signing happening after May 9, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

Blount has rushed for 5,122 yards with 49 touchdowns over 100 career games (eight seasons) with the Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Blount's one-year deal with the Eagles is reportedly worth upward of $2.8 million.

Blount's age isn't the only caveat that comes with his signing.

Blount would have given the Cardinals are deadly one-two punch at the goalline and a proven runner behind David Johnson.

Blount, 30, became a free agent after the 2016 season with the Patriots. He should have plenty of tread left on his tires considering he averaged only 144.8 carries per season during his first six years in the league.

The 49ers have used Hyde as their feature back the past two years. If Blount scores 10 more rushing touchdowns, he can climb into the top 50 of all time. They were able to do that through free agency and through the draft.

He'll join the Eagles' backfield, which is now extremely deep.

He's a big back at 6 foot and weighing 250 pounds, but Blount can get up off the ground when leaping into the end zone. That's the best part about a committee running back system. And if the contract involved minimal guarantees, they could have cut him with minor salary cap and comp pick implications. The Giants are trying to win a Super Bowl this season and Blount would have aided those efforts.

The Patriots are 7-1 with Blount in the playoffs with the 2013 AFC Championship Game loss to Denver as the only blemish on the record.

Once the former Charger can be medically cleared from a neck injury suffered last season, the Eagles will release him in the final year of a three-year, $11 million contract given out by Chip Kelly.

Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount to one-year deal