Running back LeGarrette Blount has agreed to a one-year $2.8 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has spent the last three season with the New England Patriots.
LeGarrette Blount Signs With Philadelphia
After a hip injury kept him out half of the 2015 season, Blount had an amazing year in 2016. He rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. The 18 touchdowns was the most rushing touchdowns in the league and a Patriots franchise record. It was just his second season of over 1,000 rushing yards and his first with double-digit touchdown rushes.
Blount began his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. The team picked him up after he went un-drafted out of Oregon. He rushed for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns during his rookie campaign. Since that 1,000 yard season, the most Blount had rushed for prior to 2016 was 781 yards in 2011.
After three seasons in Tampa, Blount joined the Patriots in 2013. He rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, that was his career high in rushing touchdowns.
After spending time with the Pittsburgh Steelers a part of the 2014 season, Blount was back with New England later that season.
He rushed for just 266 yards and two touchdowns with the Steelers. When he returned to the Patriots, he rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns.
Behind Blount’s incredible rushing effort and Brady’s 28 touchdown and two interception performance, the Patriots finished with a 14-2 record, the team’s second best finish in franchise history. They finished 16-0 in 2007 en route to a loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
The team took the extra step in 2016, defeating the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI. They overcame a 28-3 third quarter deficit to force overtime against the Falcons.
In overtime, the Patriots took the ball and didn’t give it back. Running back James White rushed for the game-winning touchdown. It was the biggest comeback and first overtime game in Super Bowl history.