Patriots could benefit from LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles

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Rapoport reported Wednesday the Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with Blount that's worth a maximum of $2.8 million for the 2017 season, which indicates Blount rejected a smaller offer from Arizona. He ran for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.6 per carry.

That one-year, $1.1 million deal was exceeded by the Eagles with the potential for $2.8 million next season. "Obviously, LeGarrette had a tremendous amount of success with New England a year ago, rushing for over 1,000 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns and winning a Super Bowl". The 30-year-old achieved career highs in both stats. They also signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. It is unclear whether the Eagles structured Blount's deal in such a way as to avoid it counting toward the 2018 compensatory pick formula.

LeGarrette Blount is now officially a former member of the New England Patriots. But he is a punishing downhill runner who the Giants reportedly had expressed interest in and the type of back Ben McAdoo severely lacked last season. Despite their offseason additions and the faith I have in Carson Wentz, the Eagles are not on the same planet as the Patriots in terms of offensive production.

Blount signing with the Eagles will disappoint some Lions fans but really isn't much of a loss.

Blount should give the Eagles a tremendous boost in the red zone and short yardage. He has 49 touchdowns and over 5000 yards rushing in his NFL Career. Wendell Smallwood, 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey and undrafted rookie Corey Clement will remain on the depth chart once Mathews is gone, so the Eagles have made a pre-emptive move to add running back.

Though Blount is not a pass-catching threat, he adds a whole new dimension to play-action pass calls that haven't always been respected by opponents.