Blount is just the latest low-risk, potentially high reward signing to help accelerate a young quarterback's development. He fills a need for 2017 and provides Wentz with an extra playmaker, but his one-year deal won't handcuff the Birds as they try to construct a long-term contender. Chris Johnson, who was that guy the last two seasons, appears to have moved on, as he wants to sign with a team that has a chance to win and will give him playing time.
Even in a slow running back market, you would think the reigning National Football League rushing touchdown leader would find a home quickly. As good as a spot this is for Blount, he is nowhere near RB1 status like a season ago. Unless he's going to average 5.0 yards per carry (something both David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell didn't do last season) 1,000 yards seems unlikely.
Blount may have finished eighth in total rushing yards last season, but that looks a lot less impressive considering he finished second in carries. Blount's deal in Philly is reportedly for one year witha max value of $2.8 million.More news: Always Dreaming is 4-5 early favorite for Preakness
The Patriots applied the May 9 tender to Blount (1,161 yards on 299 carries in 2016) last week, but the 6-foot, 250-pound back did not sign.
"He can run between the tackles and he can drag tacklers down the field", Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman told the team's web site Wednesday.
Coach Bruce Arians spoke earlier this offseason about giving running back David Johnson 30 touches a game, and Johnson said he was ready for such a workload.
Blount gained 109 yards and scored a touchdown in the Patriots' three postseason contests past year, which ended with a second Super Bowl ring for the running back.