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LeGarrette Blount doesn’t regret anything with Patriots, but calls Eagles ‘perfect fit’ 05.19.17 at 11:01 am ET
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LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It seemed like the Patriots wanted LeGarrette Blount back and Blount wanted to return, but in the end it just didn’t work out.

The Patriots signed running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason and then Blount signed a one-year-deal with the Eagles this week.

Speaking for the first time with the Philadelphia media, Blount called the Eagles a “perfect fit.”

“This is a perfect fit for me,” Blount said to reporters. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I won two Super Bowls with those guys. I don’t regret a single second of being there because I loved it there. They had some of the best years of football that you could ever remember.”

Added Blount: “I chose the Eagles for the reason of me fitting in really good here [and] the chance of me making the team, having a championship run, having a banner season. And they’re a really good team. They’re a really good team before I came. I just want to fit in.”

Blount will be part of a running back by committee with the Eagles, but that doesn’t bother him in the least.

“I’ve played with other running backs before,” he said. “I split time with Stevan Ridley. I split with Cadillac Williams [in Tampa Bay]. I’ve split with guys before, so it doesn’t bother me.”

The 30-year-old led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns last season, and his legacy in New England is certainly a positive one by winning two Super Bowls.

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Patriots could benefit from LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles 05.17.17 at 2:18 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday morning, running back LeGarrette Blount signed a 1-year-deal with the Eagles.

The Patriots reportedly were interested in Blount, but after signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason, there didn’t appear to be a need. The Cardinals and Giants reportedly showed interest as well.

Typically when teams lose players in free agency they count towards the compensatory pick formula, but the deadline for players to count towards it passed last week.

One would assume Blount signing with the Eagles on Wednesday wouldn’t count towards the formula, but thanks to the Patriots putting a seldom used tender on him last Tuesday, it appears he will count towards the formula.

This could net the Patriots an additional compensatory pick next year. They were projected to already receive two.

Teams likely were hesitant to sign Blount because he would count towards their comp pick formula, but the Eagles weren’t likely any getting comp picks anyway, so it didn’t matter to them.

Blount had a NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns last season to cap a very productive career in New England.

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Patriots reportedly could still get compensation pick for LeGarrette Blount following using seldom used tender 05.10.17 at 4:45 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly used a seldom used tender on LeGarrette Blount. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots could actually get a compensation pick for LeGarrette Blount after all.

Signings made beginning Wednesday, May 10 do not count against the comp-pick formula, but because of a move the Patriots made before the deadline if he signs elsewhere by July 22 he could factor into the formula.

According to multiple reports, including the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots extended a rarely used tender to Blount. The running back has no plans to sign it as of now, but this was offered so the Patriots could get a compensatory pick in the 2018 draft for when/if he signs with another team.

Blount can sign with any other team by July 22, but if he doesn’t by then, he can only sign a deal with the Patriots in order to play in 2017.

The tender offered to Blount has a $1.1 million base, including a $110,000 signing bonus, plus the $1 million in bonuses that were also part of his contract in 2016. If Blount were to sign this tender, he would earn just over $2 million in 2017.

This puts Blount in a tough spot as other teams might be hesitant to sign him because he would count towards the comp-pick formula.

New England doesn’t appear at the moment to have room on its roster for him given it already signed Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason.

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Why Patriots will no longer get compensation picks for LeGarrette Blount, Michael Floyd at 11:37 am ET
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LeGarrette Blount will not count towards the comp-pick formula.. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount will not count towards the comp-pick formula.. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Although pretty small in the grand scheme of things, compensatory picks are actually a big deal to the Patriots.

Just look at their Jamie Collins trade last season where they acquired a 2017 compensation pick for the linebacker wherethey likely would have received a 2018 compensation pick if they kept him the entire season and then he signed with another team as an unrestricted free agent.

Compensation picks are given out based on a complex formula that factors in players lost in free agency. This is relevant now because any signings that take place beginning Wednesday (May 10) do not count towards the formula.

As it relates to the Patriots, whenever LeGarrette Blount and Michael Floyd sign they will not count towards the formula where as Martellus Bennett, Logan Ryan, Jabaal Sheard, Chris Long and Barkevious Mingo, who the Patriots lost in free agency, will all factor into the comp-pick formula.

It would appear likely based on the players lost via free agency, the Patriots will get two 2018 compensatory picks. Also, don’t be surprised to see a few moves made official across the league on Wednesday since it is the first day these players do not count against the comp-pick formula.

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Julian Edelman reacts to being No. 71 on NFL’s Top 100: ‘You always think you should be better than what you are’ 05.09.17 at 10:56 am ET
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Julian Edelman was No. 71 in the NFL's Top 100. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman was No. 71 in the NFL’s Top 100. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Two Patriots were included in the NFL’s Top 100 countdown Monday night as LeGarrette Blount was No. 80 and Julian Edelman was No. 71.

Edelman finished last season with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. He moved up 16 spots from last year.

“It’s always cool to be in this and see what the other guys think of you,” Edelman said on NFL Network. “As a competitor you always think you should be better than what you are. You strive to be better. Thankfully this a good team sport I get to play and these types of things don’t justify the kind of player you really are I don’t think.”

Blount also reacted by tweeting, “Not done yet.”

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LeGarrette Blount reportedly getting interest from 2 teams 05.03.17 at 10:31 am ET
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Two teams reportedly have expressed interest in LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Two teams reportedly have expressed interest in LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

Now that the draft has passed, LeGarrette Blount’s options are getting limited as some teams just no longer need a running back.

After the Patriots signed Mike Gillislee last week, Blount no longer had a spot in New England, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t getting interest from other teams.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, the Giants and Lions have expressed interest in the 30-year-old running back. The Giants drafted a running back over the weekend, while the Lions did not. At this point, the Lions might be the most likely destination.

Blount set career highs in carries and rushing yards last season, rushing 299 times for 1,161 yards to go along with his league-leading 18 touchdowns. It appears Blount has something left in the tank despite his age to give a team a solid season or two.

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Report: Mutual interest between LeGarrette Blount, Giants 04.25.17 at 10:18 am ET
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There is reportedly mutual interest between the Giants and LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

There is reportedly mutual interest between the Giants and LeGarrette Blount. (Dan Powers/USA Today Sports)

A day after the Patriots signed restricted free agent running back Mike Gillislee thus all but ending LeGarrette Blount’s tenure in New England, another team has emerged as a likely destination for him.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, there is mutual interest between the Giants and Blount. This could even come together before the draft on Thursday.

The Giants are said to be in the market for a running back and even connected to Adrian Peterson, but once he reportedly signed with the Saints, it seems their attention has shifted to Blount.

Blount is coming of a season where he led the NFL in touchdowns with 18. Even though he is 30 years old, it seems like he has something left in the tank.

In 3.5 seasons with the Patriots, the running back ran for 2,917 yards and 34 touchdowns. Besides the Patriots he has played for the Buccaneers and Steelers.

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