LeGarrette Blount is bringing his power running to Philadelphia. The Eagles and Blount agreed on a one-year contract Wednesday, giving the team a bruising back to complement their group of smaller, speedy runners.
Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns rushing in 2016 while helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl. He ran for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” said Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for [organized team activities].”
The 30-year-old Blount, who also won a Super Bowl with the Patriots following the 2014 season, is the latest veteran playmaker the Eagles have added in free agency. They also signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, giving Carson Wentz more options.
Blount joins his fourth team in eight seasons. He began his career in Tampa Bay and played briefly with Pittsburgh in between two stints with New England, where he won two Super Bowls.
Blount has 5,122 yards rushing in his career, averaging 4.4 yards per carry to go with 49 TDs.
Veteran Darren Sproles, second-year pro Wendell Smallwood and rookie Donnel Pumphrey will team with Blount in the backfield.
The Patriots are expected to receive a compensatory draft pick for losing Blount.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed second-round pick JuJu Smith-Schuster to a four-year deal. Financial details were not released. The Steelers took the wide receiver out of USC with the 62nd overall selection in the draft. Smith-Schuster caught 213 passes for 3,092 yards and 25 touchdown catches in 40 games at USC. He is expected to fight for a starting spot alongside All-Pro Antonio Brown. … Running back Leonard Fournette has signed his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fourth overall pick in last month's NFL draft signed a four-year deal Wednesday that, according to the NFL's rookie salary system, is expected to be worth more than $27 million and include an $18 million signing bonus. The deal is fully guaranteed and includes a team option for a fifth year. …