Former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is worth up to $2.8 million.
Blount was given the May 9th tender by the New England Patriots, which gave him two months to sign with a team before the Patriots got his negotiation rights on July 22nd. Now that he has signed with a team, the Patriots are likely to get a compensatory pick for him in the 2018 NFL draft.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this means that Ryan Matthews, who started 14 games in two years with the Eagles, is likely on his way out in Philadelphia. Blount will join a backfield with Darren Sproles & Wendell Smallwood, who combined for eight starts and 750 rushing yards in 2016.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” executive vice president Howie Roseman said in a statement.