Running back LeGarrette Blount, who was released on Tuesday by the Pittsburgh Steelers for walking off the field before the game ended, was signed to a two year contract with the New England Patriots. Reports said that Blount was not happy with the lack of playing time he got in the Steelers victory on Monday night over the Tennessee Titans.
Blount played for the Patriots last season, running for 772 yards and seven touchdowns. The Patriots were interested in bringing him back this year until the Steelers offered him more money. Blount started the season strong for the Steelers, running for 266 yards and two touchdowns on only 65 carries. However, with Le’Veon Bell doing very well in his second season in Pittsburgh, Blount’s role was reduced to virtually nothing.
Football fans like Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez hope that Blount can stick around with the Patriots this time as this may be Blount’s last chance to stay in the NFL. After punching a Boise State player after a loss when he played at Oregon, Blount has had his share of issues with marijuana and with the role he has on teams. Bill Belichick is known to fit players in who fit his system, and he is looking for a power back after Stevan Ridley went down for the season with an injury. However, Belichick is also known to use many running backs, so it remains to be seen how much of a role Blount will play with the Patriots, and if he can handle a reduce role.