The New York Giants are in need of a veteran running back and at this stage of the game it seems LaGarrette Blount is becoming an option.
Up to this point, the other 31 teams in the NFL haven’t been too interested in acquiring Blount. The sense is that teams in need of a running back will get one in the draft as oppose to signing a veteran like Blount or Adrian Peterson.
So this is the perfect time for the Giants to sign Blount and have the veteran running back that they need.
Paul Perkins is slated to be the Giants starter in 2017. But it’s unknown if he can handle the workload and grind of a 16 game season since he only had 112 carries as a rookie.
It’s not just Perkins who has seen a limited amount of carries. In fact, out of all of the running backs on the Giants roster, Shane Vereen has the most rushing attempts with just 311.
So you can see why it would make sense for the Giants to sign the 30-year-old Blount as insurance for Perkins, and to have a powerful veteran running back that is dependable.
Last season with the New England Patriots, Blount rushed the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns which lead the NFL. 13 out of his 18 touchdowns were from the 5-yard line or closer which will greatly help the Giants red zone offense which was 22nd last year.
Despite having winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots, Blount still wants to play for a contender and have a pivotal role, which makes the Giants and ideal landing spot. With the Giants being unable to re-sign Johnathan Hankins, they’ll definitely have the money to sign Blount.
Best case scenario is that Blount and Perkins provide the Giants with a one-two punch of speed and power similar to what Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw did from 2007-11. Worst case scenario is that Blount just becomes the short yardage and goal line back. Either way, it will be an upgrade from what the Giants had a season ago.
Expect the Giants to offer Blount a one-year contract before the draft that could pay him anywhere from $3 million to $4.5 million.