By Eric Schmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a deal with restricted free agent running back LeGarrette Blount prior to the start of the 2013 NFL Free Agency period. Blount signed a one-year deal worth a reported $1.75 million for the 2013 season. Several rumors suggest that the Buccaneers are attempting to trade the power back, but will their be any suitors for him? His contract has been reported as a $1.25 million base with $350,000 reporting bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus for next season but none of his money is guaranteed.

Blount’s role in Tampa’s offense has been greatly reduced with the emergence of RB Doug Martin. Blount appeared in less than 100 offensive snaps for the Buccaneers last season and had just 41 carries. While Blount is known during his time in the NFL for his highlight style runs, hurdling over defenders, he has never developed into a complete back. He still struggles with pass protection and is not very good catching the ball out of the backfield. The biggest concern regarding Blount has been his turnovers, nine in the previous two seasons when he was a featured back in the Tampa offense.

Several reports suggest that the Buccaneers are now shopping Blount after finalizing the deal, but you have to wonder if another team will be willing to surrender a draft pick, even a low one for Blount. He might generate some very low interest around the league, but teams with running back needs will likely address those issues through the draft. Blount has demonstrated he is not a complete back and might get a sniff for a team looking for a specialized, short-yardage and goal line back.

Even if Blount is not traded this year, look for 2013 to be his last season with the Buccaneers.

Blount, 26, is entering his fourth year with the Buccaneers and rushed for 1,007 yards along with six touchdowns in 2010, his first season with the team.

 

 

 

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