Patriots Talk: LeGarrette Blount Is Given May 9th Tender for 1.1 Million
With the NFL Draft and free agency officially concluded, the New England Patriots would seemingly be all set to see what the roster has to offer during training camp but it would seem that the team is far from done. It was revealed on ProFootballTalk.com that a May 9th tender was issued to free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount.
This was a bizaree move as the tender is quite rarely used. With it enforced Blount will remain unsigned past July 22 of this year. Which will be long past the time teams will have their rosters sorted out. This means only one thing: he will be playing for the Patriots in 2017. If Blount signs before that specific date with another team, he will count towards a potential 2018 compensatory draft pick. With the tender, it will carry an added value of 110 percent of a player’s base salary from the previous season, which can amount to only around $1.1 million for Blount.
Blount has no plans to sign the Pats' tender at the moment. But once training camp opens, he can only negotiate with Pats. Tough spot.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) May 10, 2017
Blount was rather quiet on the market despite the fact he led the league in rushing touchdowns (18) and was a redzone threat for the Patriots during Tom Brady‘s absence for the first 4 games of the season. It is quite the shock that a potential return for Blount is seemingly a possibility now after the last several month since Super Bowl LI. With this, there are seven running backs on the Patriots current roster. This comes with fellow players: Brandon Bolden, Dion Lewis, D.J. Foster, James White (who recently signed a three-year extension), Rex Burkhead (free agent signed for one year) and Mike Gillislee (who was tendered to the team for 6 million).
With the tender in place, Blount is in a tough situation and is the oldest player in New England’s backfield. Hewas a contributor for the Patriots this past season and was a key factor in their march to Super Bowl LI. This will likely be the last time Blount might wear a Patriots uniform unless Belichick and him make a deal before the summer.