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Eagles improve their backfield with LeGarrette Blount signing

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The Eagles addressed many needs this offseason. But running back was still a position that lacked depth, even after adding rookie Donnel Pumphrey.

Well, for now, that skill position just became more fierce.

The team on Wednesday morning agreed to a one-year deal with former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.

Blount, 30, rushed for 1,168 yards on 299 carries and logged 18 touchdowns in 2016. That was only the second 1,000-yard season of his career (he had 1,071 yards in 2010 with Tampa Bay).

Yup… the backfield just went up a notch.

Blount also had seven rushes of 20-plus yards in 2016, which was tied for the sixth most in the league.

Blount’s 18 rushing touchdowns were the most in Patriots’ franchise history and the most of any running back since Adrian Peterson when he recorded 18 in 2009. The entire Eagles roster had just 16 rushing touchdowns in 2016.

“We’re always looking for complementary players when we go over our roster and positions,” said Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman. “He sets the tempo for your team as a running back. He can run between the tackles and he can drag tacklers down the field. He can do everything you look for in the running game.”

Blount is a seven-year veteran who has two Super Bowls in the last four years. He brings valuable experience to a young team, something the Eagles desperately had to acquire. With Darren Sproles set to retire after this year, Ryan Mathews inevitable departure, and inexperience from Wendell Smallwood and Pumphrey (not to mention his smaller stature), this move was a no-brainer for Howie Roseman and the Eagles.

Signing a 30-year-old running back might not sound like the perfect move for a team that is trying to rebuild. It’s unclear how many years Blount has left, but there should not be any doubt that he can make an impact for the Eagles (more specifically for Carson Wentz as he adds another weapon at the quarterbacks disposal) for the time being.

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