LeGarrette Blount on re-signing with Patriots: ‘I’d like to be here, but we’ll see how it goes’
|01.20.14 at 2:10 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount slowly removed items from his locker and into a trash bag Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after his team was eliminated from the playoffs following their 26-16 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship game.
Monday could be the last time Blount sets foot in the Patriots locker room as the 27-year-old is now a free agent, but that doesn’t mean Blount isn’t open to a return with New England.
“I’d like to be here, but we’ll see how it goes,” Blount said.
His contract this past year was reportedly for the four-year league minimum of $630,000 with an added $50,000 workout bonus.
The 250-pound running back had a breakout season, particularly in the final two games of the regular season carrying over into the divisional round game against the Colts. He averaged 143 yards on the ground in those three games and recorded eight touchdowns, including four against the Colts.
For the season he finished with 772 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, but only ran the ball five times for six yards in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
“I’m proud of how far we went, obviously we didn’t reach our ultimate goal, but we’re proud of the strides we made,” said Blount.
He came to the Patriots from Tampa Bay this offseason in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick and sprinter Jeff Demps, who only played in two games for the Buccaneers this season.
Blount went undrafted out of Oregon coming into the league in 2010 where he rushed for 1,007 yards with Tampa. In 2011 he ran for 781 yards before a down year of just 151 in 2012. The Patriots took a chance on him and Blount joined a team where he fit right in.
“Hard, tough-nosed, the ability that this whole team has. A lot of guys here are underdogs and undrafted guys. There are a lot of not first-round guys coming in here stepping up doing things guys didn’t expect them to do,” Blount said of the Patriots as a team. ‘We’ve come out here and proved them wrong a bunch of times.”
Although the team didn’t reach their ultimate goal, there was still a lot of take away from the season with just how many injuries the team was able to get past — something Blount took a lot of pride in.
“We did everything we could to overcome them,” he said. “We made it as far as we could’ve without getting to the big show.”
Whether Blount is apart of the Patriots team next year that hopes to get to “the big show” still remains to be seen.
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