LeGarrette Blount agrees to pay cut with Patriots

Hannah Foslien

LeGarrette Blount agreed to play for the league minimum, reducing his 2013 cap hit by over $1 million and making a savvy move by the Patriots appear even savvier.

The New England Patriots swung a pretty good deal when they acquired LeGarrette Blount from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the price of a seventh-round pick and Jeff Demps. It appears the running back's one-year contract won't hurt the bottom line, either.

Blount agreed to play for $630,000 in base salary next season, down from the $1.2 million he was set to earn with the Bucs, according to ESPN Boston.

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Blount's 2013 salary is the league-minimum for a fourth-year player. His re-structured contract will reduce his salary cap hit by over $1 million when factoring in his reduced workout bonus and eliminated reporting bonus, according to Brian McIntyre of Yahoo! Sports. Blount's contract with the Patriots currently includes no guaranteed money.

Blount's production in Tampa Bay fell precipitously in each of his three NFL seasons. He ran for over 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2010, but had just 41 carries for 151 yards last season due to the emergence of Doug Martin. Blount saw the field on just 92 of the Bucs' 1,047 offensive snaps last season.

Blount is averaging a respectable 4.6 yards per carry for his career, however, and stayed relatively healthy last season. At 6'0, 247 pounds, he will be the biggest back on the Pats' depth chart, making him a potentially important part of the offense on the goal-line and in short-yardage situations. Blount has tremendous burst for his size, but he will need to make improvements in pass blocking and ball security if he hopes to earn a regular role.

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