Philadelphia Eagles agree to sign RB LeGarrette Blount to 1-year contract
The Philadelphia Eagles addressed one of the biggest areas of concern on their roster by adding a Super Bowl champion running back.
The Eagles agreed to sign former Patriots ball-carrier LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract, they announced Wednesday. Blount, 30, posted a career-high 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns for New England last season, though his average of 3.9 yards per carry was the second-lowest of his seven-year career.
Blount arrives to infuse a bruising presence into a crop of running backs that lacked a big-bodied ball-carrier. With shifty, change-of-pace runners Darren Sproles, Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood on the roster and 2016 starter Ryan Mathews likely on his way out after neck surgery, the Eagles entered the middle of the offseason without a workhorse runner.
Blount changes that. The 6-foot, 250-pound veteran is easily the heaviest back on the Eagles’ roster, and he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns last season.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”
According to various reports, Blount’s one-year contract is worth $2.8 million, with incentives built in.
The former Oregon Ducks star, who has averaged 51.2 rushing yards per game since entering the NFL in 2010, will likely join a running back rotation for the Birds.
We’ll have more coverage of Blount’s deal throughout the day.
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