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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Philadelphia Eagles continued their stellar off-season when they signed Legarrette Blount to a one year $2.8 million dollar contract yesterday. While it’s a good thing that Legarrette Blount eventually found a home, the price he signed for was a little bit low for the amount of production Blount put up last season. LeGarrette Blount led the entire National Football League last year with 18 rushing touchdowns, that should have helped the 30 year old running back earn at least $5 million dollars but due to the urgency to sign with a team immediately Blount signed for a little bit more than half of what he is worth. The real reason this happened is because the New England Patriots used a tender on Blount last week that would have kept him in New England for $1.1 million dollars in 2017. Also if Blount didn’t sign with a team by July 22nd he would have had to sit out until at least week 10 of the regular season before he could have signed with another team besides New England. LeGarrette Blount clearly didn’t want to play for a million dollars and he didn’t want to miss the majority of the season, that led him to Philadelphia and now the Eagles offense has significantly improved around Carson Wentz. Philadelphia also signed Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery in free agency, those two players along with Blount will give this team a much more potent offensive attack. Philadelphia ranked 22nd in total offense in 2016 with 337 yards per game however you have to believe that ranking will significantly improve this upcoming season. Nothing improves a team like adding talent to the roster and you have to give the Eagles front office credit for going after marquee players. Signing LeGarrette Blount for under $3 million dollars is an absolute steal and expect the Eagles to finish in the top 10 when it comes to running the ball in the 2017. Philadelphia finished 11th last year without Blount on their roster and now that the birds got this guy they are definitely trending upward.
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