Negotiations between the New England Patriots and running back Lagarrette Blount are ongoing and have dragged much longer than many anticipated. In addition, the New England Patriots have signed former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead and Bills restricted free agent Mike Gillislee. Rumors have also surfaced that they are in talks with Adrian Peterson. All these new additions to the Patriots roster makes it likely that they will not be able to meet the price point that Blount is looking for.
Thus, Blount is looking elsewhere. The market has not shown much upside for him recently. However, recent reports have indicated that the New York Giants and Blount have a mutual interest.
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
If the Giants were to sign Blount, he would be the first star running back in a New York uniform since the tandem ground attack of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
The great part about this deal for Blount is that he would not have to take the pounding he did at New England as their primary running back. Of course, he would be the starting running back for this team and receive the majority of carries. However, there are two other running backs in New York, Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen, that compliment him nicely. Both are more agile running backs that would rather go around a defender than run through them. Blount, on the other hand, is more of a power runner.
Most importantly, what other team in the NFL is in more desperate need of a talented running back? No one.
The Giants have the best receiving core in the league, one of the best defensive units in the league and a veteran quarterback. The only area where they are lacking is the running back and offensive line position. Signing Blount would fill the void at the running back position and the Giants could focus on acquiring offensive lineman through free agency and/or the upcoming draft.
The only drawback of this acquisition – if it were to happen – is that the New York Giants system does not accommodate to a running back like Blount. The Giants run nearly every play out of the same formation: three wideouts split out with a running back in the backfield and the quarterback in shotgun. Blount has made a living off power running and receiving the ball from a quarterback starting out from under center.
The New York Giants already acquired a third wide out in Brandon Marshall from the Jets and have sent the message that they will make every move possible to bring home a Super Bowl this upcoming season. Acquiring Blount would elevate them to making this vision a much more realistic goal.