The Patriots are reportedly still diving into the running back market. In recent days they have been connected to Christine Michael and LeGarrette Blount.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Patriots have extended a May 9th tender offer to LeGarrette Blount. The contract is worth 110 percent of last year’s salary. This is significant in a couple ways. First, if Blount signs a contract with a new team before July 22nd, then the Patriots will benefit in the compensatory draft-pick process. However, if he doesn’t sign with a team before that day, he can only sign with the Patriots until week 10.
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This seemingly keeps the door open, albeit just a smidge, for Blount to be on the Patriots in 2017. This could also be just the Patriots not leaving any stone unturned. With the rule that forbade compensatory-pick trading gone like the Falcons 28-3 lead, they have become a more valuable asset. Particularly for a team like the Patriots.
In related news, the Patriots also had in former Packers’ and Seahawks’ running back, Christine Michael, according to Field Yates.
Source: former Packers & Seahawks RB Christine Michael visited the Patriots yesterday. Busy RB offseason in New England.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 10, 2017
The interest in Michael lends credence to the idea that the Patriots have legitimate interest in Blount returning. Michael totaled 583 rushing yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 for the Seahawks and Packers. Once the heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch, Michael has bounced around the last couple years and looks to be a long shot to make the Patriots’ roster.
However, it is clear the Patriots are looking for something. Perhaps Michael or Blount can fill that perceived void. Or they could also be using them as camp bodies. Either way, there are no days off for the Patriots’ management this offseason.