Patriots bring back LeGarrette Blount on one-year deal
Brace yourselves for more Blount Force Trauma in New England in 2016.
According to a report by Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald on Tuesday, the Patriots have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount.
LeGarrette Blount re-signed with the Patriots this morning. He's back.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 12, 2016
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com added that the agreement is for a one-year deal worth up to $2 million.
The #Patriots signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth up to $2M, source said. ($1M in base salary & bonuses, $1M in incentives)
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2016
A bruising power runner, the 29-year-old Blount rushed for 703 yards and six touchdowns before going down with a hip injury in December. Rapoport reported last month that Blount was fully healthy, which could mean that he will be in line for a bigger role in the Pats’ backfield next season given the uncertainty surrounding starter Dion Lewis’ recovery from a torn ACL.
Blount will still have to contend for touches with the likes of James White and Brandon Bolden. But his versatility to take on either lead or change-of-pace duties where necessary should make his return worthwhile for the Patriots.