With Blount on trading block, his future remains in doubt
Though the Bucs, so far, have pulled off just one big deal during free agency, they have been involved in lots of conversations – conversations about Darrelle Revis, about possible free-agent signings and about assorted trade proposals.
The latter includes talks about running back LeGarrette Blount, who is known to be among the players the Bucs are attempting to move.
Already, we’ve seen 2010 second-round pick Arrelious Benn, a receiver, traded to the Eagles on Friday. Whether the Bucs find a taker for Blount is still to be determined, but they’re trying to make a deal.
But what if they can’t? What if the Bucs don’t find an interested team or don’t receive an offer they deem suitable?
It raises serious questions about the future of Blount -- with the Bucs or any club. Despite his big numbers as a rookie, when he burst onto the scene and rushed for 1,007 yards in 13 games, Blount’s role has been reduced in each of the past two seasons. In 2012, he bottomed out, rushing just 41 times for 151 yards while Doug Martin earned all-rookie honors.
The Bucs’ attempts to trade Blount suggest coaches don’t see his role expanding in 2013, either. If he’s on the roster at the start of the season, do the Bucs keep him? Do they make a last-ditch effort to trade him? Do they cut him?
Those are all possibilities, because the Bucs -- by attempting to trade him -- have confirmed that Blount is expendable. The only thing that would make it clearer would be the signing of a free-agent running back or the decision to draft one next month. And if you're wondering about the Bucs' decision to sign Blount to a one-year deal recently and what role it would play in deciding his future, keep in mind the $1.75 million deal contains no guaranteed money.
The Bucs seem to have made a calculation that Benn wasn’t going to be among their four top receivers, especially after last week’s signing of Cowboys free agent Kevin Ogletree.
And, now, they seem to be taking a similar stance on Blount.