The New England Patriots’ crowded backfield did not appeal to running back LeGarrette Blount. The logjam in Foxborough and a nice little raise of a bit over $1 million pushed the Oregon product to Philadelphia, where Blount met with the Eagles’ football media on Thursday after signing a one-year deal worth a maximum of $2.8 million with incentives.
“This is a perfect fit for me,” said Blount, according to NESN.com’s Doug Kyed. “I’ve done everything I wanted to do. I won two Super Bowls with those guys. I don’t regret a single second of being there because I loved it there. They had some of the best years of football that you could ever remember.
“I chose the Eagles for the reason of me fitting in really good here, (and) the chance of me making the team, having a championship run, having a banner season. And they’re a really good team. They’re a really good team before I came.”
In New England, there’s a clear traffic jam at running back with recent free-agent pickups Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee and returning third-down specialists Dion Lewis and James White.
Blount doesn’t play special teams, while Burkhead and Gillislee do, which meant even with the 1,161 yards he gained last year and the 18 touchdowns, he’d have been up against it in the fight for playing time.
Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles will be Blount’s main competition for snaps in Philly.