If you remember, when free agency started, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract worth $1.175 million. A week after the team re-signed Blount, the Tampa Bay Times is reporting, that the team is looking to trade the running back. Why did the team bring back Blount? Simply for trade bait.
The team traded wide receiver Arrelious Benn to the Eagles on Friday, and could be moving a few more players to new places in the near future.
Blount carried the ball 41 times for just 151 yards in the 2012 season. While rookie running back Doug Martin stole the show. Blount is three years removed from his only 1,000 yard season he recorded in his career (1,007). Although the Buccaneers do not find a use for Blount, other teams could in fact have an interest in Blount. Bringing him back on a low salary contract and trading him for draft picks was the Buccaneers’ plan all along. However, what would happen if the Buccaneers do not find a new home for Blount?
Blount’s new re-signed contract guarantees him no money. So he could very well be released and the team would not have a salary cap penalty. The twenty-six year old Blount came into the league undrafted from Oregon and has rushed for a career total of 1,939 yards in his three seasons in the league. That beats out more rushing yards than Beanie Wells, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Isaac Redman in the past three seasons. So there is value in Blount, but will any teams call up the Buccaneers and make an offer? The answer is coming sooner rather than later!
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