Patriots Talk: Running Back Core is Set, and the Running Backs for the 2017 Season
The New England Patriots are seemingly filling their roster up faster than the NFL draft will actually get here. Afew days ago, it was confirmed from NFL insider, Ian Rapoport that the Buffalo Bills were not going to match the Patriots offer for back up [Running back] Mike Gillislee. The Patriots will forfeit their 5th Round Pick (upatined from the Denver Broncos trade for AJ Derby) to the Bills and the team will keep him for two years for 6 million (half of it will be guaranteed). As of now, the Patriots will have six running backs on the roster for the 2017 NFL season which includes: D.J Foster, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White.
The situation for #Bills and RB Mike Gillislee has reached an outcome: they aren't matching. He's a Patriot
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 24, 2017
Shockingly, the big news yesterday was former Minnesota Vikings [Running back] Adrian Peterson had completed a deal with the New Orleans Saints. His contract will be for 7 million (3.5 million will be guaranteed) for two years with the organization. Many critics thought that Peterson was unlikely to make a deal before the NFL draft came, but somehow he pulled it of.
Peterson only had one workout in March when free agency kicked off with the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots gave him a workout several weeks ago. It was odd when many thought Peterson wasn’t a fit for the team but I believe it was out of respect for the player. He is already turning 32 years old now and his best days are likely behind him, this is his last and possibly only contract he will have in his career.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 25, 2017
Rumors are spreading of a deal between former Patriots [Running Back] LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants. According to the reports, the player are having mutual interest in making a deal but its unknown what could come of it. The New York Giants also had interest in Adrian Peterson but he is now off the table. Blount will likely have to make a compromise with the team if he hopes to make the team as the NFL Draft is tomorrow.
The next running back domino to watch: LeGarrette Blount and the #Giants. There is mutual interest there. A potential match before the draft
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2017
However what many fans are excited for is the return of Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch! He has been confirmed to be joining with the Oakland Raiders (before their eventually move to Las Vegas) in a trade with Seattle Seahawks. It would seem that Seattle has allowed Lynch to be on the trading block and will be allowed to workout with the Raiders. Lynch is reported to be arriving at the Raider’s facility today and it looks like the deal will be made.
“Town bizzness.” … It’s on. Deal is done. Marshawn Lynch is driving in now. https://t.co/g8suAhCuix
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2017