Philadelphia Eagles sign running back LeGarrette Blount

New England Patriots

Blount was deemed expendable after the Patriots signed running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee in the offseason.

After toiling on the free agent market for more than two months, the 30-year-old running back on Wednesday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the veteran running back had offers from the Giants and the Cardinals before he chose to go to Philadelphia. Last season, Blount ran for 1,161 yards on 299 carries and can carry the rushing load if need while the smaller backs take care of pass-catching duties.

"I like the guys here", he said.

The Eagles also added undrafted free agent Corey Clement, of Wisconsin, following the 2017 NFL Draft.

This year Blount will be joining the Philadelphia Eagles. Darren Sproles, and Ryan Matthews averaged just under 5 yards per carry on average. His fumble in Super Bowl 51 could have been costly, but Brady and the other running backs bailed him out. Blount was the top rusher for the Patriots in each of the past two seasons.

When asked, Howie Roseman outlined a bit of what the team hopes to get from him. The Eagles likely will reach an injury settlement and release Mathews, which would save them $4 million against the salary cap.

The desire for Blount in Detroit was understandable, but the attraction was mostly superficial based on counting stats Blount achieved last season because he racked up so many carries.

As far as current situations go, this is arguably the best landing spot possible for Blount.

He set career highs with 1,161 rushing yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns last season, which ranks as the 15th-highest total in NFL history and the most since Adrian Peterson's 18 in 2009. Obviously, you know how my running back group is.

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