LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract

LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract

LeGarrette Blount joins the Eagles on 1-year contract

LeGarrette Blount has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced today, ending his second stint with the Patriots.

Blount, entering his eighth year in the NFL, led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns and gained 1,161 yards on the ground for the world champion New England Patriots.

The Eagles may have found the power back they were looking for, but Bill Belichick rarely ends up on the losing side of any transaction.

Blount is again joining a crowded backfield, one that will feature Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey and Corey Clement all competing for touches (and in some cases roster spots) this summer.

It surprised some fans when the Philadelphia Eagles waited until the fourth round to address its running back situation in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Blount should give the Eagles a tremendous boost in the red zone and short yardage. Only Ezekiel Elliott had more carries last season, but did so at a 5.1 yards per carry clip. He was the only player to receive a UFA tender and it is not clear whether the Eagles structured a deal to avoid having him count toward the compensatory formula. He rushed for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie campaign.

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Ian Rapoport is reporting the deal is worth up to $2.8 million, while Adam Schefter reported the Arizona Cardinals also expressed "mild interest".

Blount joins the Eagles after rushing for an NFL-high 18 touchdowns a year ago.

The 49ers have used Hyde as their feature back the past two years. After rushing for 1,007 yards as a rookie for the Buccaneers in 2010, he eventually lost his job and went to New England.

The American also won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2015.

In the first game of the season, Blount sucker-punched a Boise State player after Oregon's loss.

Even prior to the Patriots' May 9 tender, the Giants' interested in Blount seemed to dwindle.

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