Pats trade Jeff Demps, 7th round pick to Tampa Bay for RB LeGarrette Blount
|04.27.13 at 4:22 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Jeff Demps era in Foxboro is over before it ever really began.
The Patriots have dealt the former Olympic track star and a seventh round pick (No. 229 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for running back LeGarrette Blount. The deal leaves New England with two seventh round picks.
Ironically, Demps made his Patriots debut in the preseason last August against Tampa Bay after being signed as an undrafted free agent.
Demps skipped the 2012 NFL Combine and Draft in favor of preparing for the Olympics. However, he attracted interest from NFL teams after the Games, and agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the New England Patriots on Aug. 17, 2012. Two weeks later, he was placed on injured reserve and missed the entire 2012 season.
Demps injured his knee in the final preseason game and then expressed a desire to continue his track career career while at the same time playing in the NFL, presumably leading to the Patriots’ desire to trade him.
As for Blount, in three seasons with Tampa Bay, he has 1,939 yards and a 4.5 yards per carry average with with 13 touchdowns. But Blount achieved notoriety for what he did in college while playing for Chip Kelly at Oregon.
The Ducks opened their 2009 season with a 19’8 loss to Boise State. Blount ended the game with negative yardage (-8) and points (-2 from a safety). Shortly after the end of the game, Blount punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout, knocking him to the ground. Blount then hit teammate Garrett Embry, who was attempting to restrain him, in the helmet.
As he was escorted to the locker room, Blount confronted Boise State fans who were jeering him after seeing the video replay. Blount claimed one Boise State fan brandished a chair at him and another punched him. Two police officers and Oregon assistant coach Scott Frost restrained Blount and escorted him into the locker room.
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