New England Patriots Heavily Favored to Re-Sign LeGarrette Blount

The New England Patriots are clear-cut favorites to re-sign RB LeGarrette Blount, and experts question the impact he'd have on another team.

 

New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount signed a one-year deal entering the 2016 season worth $1 million.

The result: Blount led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns, two more than the next closest player and the most in Patriots history.

Now, the Patriots have a decision to make: Sign Blount to a long-term deal, hit him with the franchise tag, or let him walk in free agency.

Blount is a massive favorite to stay with the Patriots . According to odds posted at BookMaker.eu, he's -250 to play in Foxborough in 2017, meaning you'd have to wager $250 just to win $100.

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Blount scored in all but two of the Patriots' regular-season games as New England went 14-2. He had six games with at least 20 carries and gave the Pats a bruising dimension on offense.

"Blount knows he won't find a better situation than New England, and quite likely will take less money to stay," SportsLine's Larry Hartstein said. "He'll be back to team with Dion Lewis and James White in a very deep, dynamic backfield."

Blount just turned 30 and it's questionable whether he could command a high-dollar contract.

"You play this game to win, and that's all they do here is win football games and win championships," Blount told "The Rich Eisen Show."

Also questionable is the impact he'd have on another team. Legendary Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White said Blount would make "zero difference" if he ended up on another team.

Zack Cimini agreed, saying New England "maximized his value." Both would take any other team besides the Patriots or the ones below landing Blount for Week 1.

The Oakland Raiders are +500, or 5/1, to land Blount. Oakland could move on from RB Latavius Murray and try to attract Blount to complement RB DeAndre Washington.

The New York Giants, who just cut RB Rashad Jennings, are also in the market for a back. Whether Blount would be a fit with Giants RB Paul Perkins (21 rushes for 102 yards in Week 17) remains to be seen. The Giants are 10/1 to nab Blount.

Also in the mix for Blount's services are the Green Bay Packers at 15/1. The Packers dealt with struggles in the run game all season and RB Eddie Lacy is a free agent. But the Packers rarely spend on big-name players.

The field ? any other NFL team ? is 2/1 to sign Blount, still an underdog to the Patriots.

From BookMaker.eu: LeGarrette Blount team in Week 1 of 2017-18 regular season:

  • New England Patriots -250
  • Oakland Raiders +500
  • New York Giants +1000
  • Green Bay Packers +1500
  • Field +200