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Rapid Reaction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Re-Sign LeGarrette Blount

As we reported earlier today, and has since been reported by most every major news outlet, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount on a one year deal.

As you can see, the terms of the deal are fairly low, meaning the Buccaneers will be spending very little to have a deep running game with multiple 1000 yard rushers in the stables. With Doug Martin on a rookie contract, and Blount on this one year, wait-and-see kind of deal, the Bucs have a very cost-controlled situation at running back going foward.

So what does this signing mean? First of all, it means Blount will not be available as a restricted free agent. This is not a restricted free agency tender, as we previously reported the Buccaneers were considering using on the running back. This deal is actually lower than the salary that would be paid for a second round tender in the RFA market, so there is certainly savings as compared to offering a tender to Blount.

Second of all, it means the Buccaneers have one less position to worry about in 2013. Running back is set, and cap space can be used to build up other positions such as cornerback, safety, tight end, and more. Mark Dominik has repeatedly mentioned he wants to bring back guys who have been here and earned a new contract, and Blount’s 2010 and 2011 performances are certainly worthy of another chance in 2013. If he’s able to play a bit better than he did in 2012, especially knowing that he’ll be an unrestricted free agent after the season ends, he’ll be a steal at this price tag and a valuable back up for the Buccaneers’ star running back Doug Martin.

So what do you think, Bucs fans? Are you glad to have Blount back? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Centrale

    I like Blount, but he just didn’t seem like himself this past season. For one thing, he seemed a lot more hesitant when running. At least that was my impression at times. Does anyone have any insight into what was going on with him?

    • Leo

      Yeah, I’m not sure. May have lost confidence when the Bucs took Martin. not sure.

      • Robert Green

        The few carries I remember, the line didn’t any push and still tried to follow what was supposed to be his blocking. And since he didn’t get the opportunity to play a full series of downs, you never saw him correct that on the next play like he would have a season ago.

        • Leo

          That’s true. But that still shows a lack of vision, even if it is correctable. Vision is the one thing Martin has in large amounts that Blount doesn’t have.

  • NelsonvillianHill

    absolutely in favor of the deal . . blount is going to play amazing ball for someone this year . . i am glad it will be the bucs . .

  • Robert Green

    I’m now under the impression that the signing is going to be used as a trade piece.