The editors of cover32 came out with their list of the top-10 free agent backs today. Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set at starting running back, it begs one question – Should the Bucs consider bringing back LeGarrette Blount?
Ideally Mike James would be the number two back behind Doug Martin, but what if there could be value in adding a physical runner like Blount back into the fold? James had the best season of an injury plagued backfield in 2013 averaging 4.9 yards a carry, a full yard above any other running back.
Perhaps Blounts’ outstanding performance in the playoff game versus the Indianapolis Colts when he carried the rock for 166 yards and four scores should warrant such thinking. While James is an excellent option is he a proven back yet? Outside of his one explosive game in Seattle he was unable to bring a memorable performance.
Also consider the fact that James’ injury was lower body which is a cause for concern regarding a running back.
Blount headlined the New England Patriots backfield in the latter part of 2013. His ability to give the Bucs a proven runner outside of Martin might not be a bad idea especially with quarterback Mike Glennon still developing.
The probability of such a move is unlikely given the money that Blount will ask for and current depth at the position in Tampa Bay. Further consider that new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford does want to incorporate a multiple back system.
What do you think Bucs fans? Is the idea too far out in left field or would it improve the roster enough to justify signing him? To see some other potential options, click here.