The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said on the station Tuesday that there’s an “expectation” that free agent running back LeGarrette Blount will not return to the Patriots next season.
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Blount, who turned 30 in December, is coming off the best season of his career. Playing on a one-year deal in his fourth season with the Pats, Blount ran for a career-high 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. It marked his first season with 10-plus touchdowns.
The Patriots still have Dion Lewis and James White on the roster, while Brandon Bolden is also a free agent. D.J. Foster is entering his second pro season after signing with the Pats as an undrafted free agent last year.
Should the Patriots opt to sign a veteran running back to replace Blount, the options would include Eddie Lacy, Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.