The Detroit Lions have bolstered their long-struggling ground game, signing LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
The #Lions are signing FA RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M, source said. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2018
Blount is coming off a strong season with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he helped the team win their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Blount also powered the New England Patriots rushing attack for four years, and helped them win Super Bowls 49 and 51.
At 31 years of age, Blount hasn't showed any signs of slowing down. He's just a year removed from a 1,161 rushing-yard season where he set a Patriots record with 18 rushing touchdowns in a season.
Though he had to share the backfield with Darren Sproles, Jay Ajayi and others in Philadelphia, Blount finished with 766 yards and two touchdowns. He was money in the postseason, picking up 130 rushing yards and a trio of touchdowns - while helping the Eagles beat his former Patriots squad in Super Bowl 52.
Blount is also reunited with Matt Patricia, as the two spent four years together in New England. The former Patriots defensive coordinator was hired by the Lions to be their next head coach, following the firing of Jim Caldwell.
This signing makes plenty of sense for Detroit, as they ranked last in rushing offense last season with just 76.3 yards on the ground per game. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has had little support on the ground in his career, but Blount has the potential to completely change that.
Detroit has finished in the bottom-five for rushing offense in each of the last four years. It remains to be seen if they'll draft another running back to complement Blount, but he's at the every least a power back who is most useful in short yardage and goal line situations.
The Lions already look a lot better on paper, with a new head coach in Patricia and a power back in Blount. We'll see if it will help this team win its first playoff game since 1991.
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