With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a reported $33 million under the salary cap and the free agency period starting next Tuesday, a report surfaced this afternoon regarding restricted free agent running back LeGarrette Blount. Roy Cummings, beat writer from the Tampa Tribune suggests that the Buccaneers might place a first-round tender on Blount heading into next season. RB Doug Martin has established himself as the lead running back for the Buccaneers moving forward after this season.
A first-round tender will cost the Buccaneers $2.879 million according to Cummings. Personally, I think the move would be wasted money for a team and a head coach which has seemingly moved on from Blount. Yes, Blount has some NFL starting experience, but the Buccaneers have moved on, he was a non-factor in the offense in 2012.
Perhaps the team might be thinking that the youthful Blount might be attractive to a few other clubs around the league, but not at that price tag. Nearly $3 million for Blount as a back that didn’t record 200 rushing yards last year, is simply foolish. Running backs in the NFL are very replaceable these days.