LeGarrette Blount is returning to the New England Patriots.
Blount, who was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week, is set to sign a two-year contract with the Patriots, according to multiple reports. ESPN’s Josina Anderson was the first to report the running back’s visit to New England.
Blount’s new deal is worth the league minimum plus incentives, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin. Blount thus joins Jonas Gray and James White as the Patriots’ running backs signed through next season. Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden all are eligible for free agency after this season.
Blount, who turns 28 next month, rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns last season with New England. He also toasted the Indianapolis Colts for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the Patriots’ AFC divisional round win.
Blount signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers in March, but the running back apparently wasn’t happy with his playing time in Monday night’s win over the Tennessee Titans and decided to leave the field early. The Steelers released Blount the following day.
Blount has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games this season.
UPDATE (12:10 p.m.): The Patriots offically announced Blount’s signing and also released defensive lineman Casey Walker.
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