Lions sign RB Blount to one-year deal

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The Detroit Lions signed former Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

According to multiple reports, the deal is worth $4.5 million.

It is the third consecutive offseason in which Blount has signed a one-year pact, but this contract is different in that it's worth more than 80 percent of his career earnings ($5.46 million) to date. The 31-year-old former undrafted free agent has made $1.5 million or less in each of the last four seasons and has never made more than $1.85 million in a season during his career.

Blount is familiar with general manager Bob Quinn and new head coach Matt Patricia from their days in New England, where the back spent parts of four seasons from 2013 to 2017.

He racked up 1,161 rushing yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns with the Patriots in 2017 before joining the Eagles last season, for whom he tallied 766 yards on 173 carries (4.4 average). Blount ended both seasons with a Super Bowl ring, after also nabbing one with the Patriots following the 2014 season.

Detroit has been searching for a veteran running back this offseason, visiting with Jonathan Stewart, DeMarco Murray and Frank Gore before signing Blount. The Lions also re-signed their own back, Zach Zenner, after initially declining to tender the restricted free agent.

--Field Level Media