LeGarrette Blount will not be returning to New England for a second season.
The running back agreed Friday to terms on a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun quoted sources saying that the Patriots also had interest in bringing Blount back, but that “they didn’t approach the financial commitment of the Steelers.”
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that Blount’s deal is worth almost $4 million.
Steelers gave RB LeGarrette Blount a two-year, $3.85M deal, including a $950K signing bonus.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 28, 2014
In Pittsburgh, Blount will attempt to elevate a rushing attack that ranked 28th in the NFL last season (86.4 yards per game). Rookie Le’Veon Bell led the Steelers with 860 rushing yards in 13 games last season while no other Pittsburgh ball carrier gained more than 200.
Blount averaged 5.0 yards per carry for the Patriots in 2013, finishing the regular season with 772 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.