It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s gone, but LeGarrette Blount is at least exploring his options in free agency.
The 31-year-old free-agent running back is scheduled to visit with the Lions on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Blount is one of several veteran running backs the Lions have shown interest in. According to Schefter, the Lions already had DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart as visitors. Frank Gore is scheduled for a Thursday visit, before Blount on Friday.
Earlier on Wednesday night, USA Today’s Mike Jones reported the Lions were close to reaching a deal with Gore, so it’s possible the meeting with Blount never even happens.
Last offseason, Blount didn’t have a team until the Eagles signed him to a one-year deal worth just over $1 million in May. He ended up playing in all 16 games for the Birds and rushed for 766 yards. More importantly, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII, helping bring a championship to Philadelphia.
While Blount began the season as the Eagles’ starter, the midseason trade for Jay Ajayi took away some of his carries. Ajayi will return in 2018 on the final season of his rookie contract and the team will also have second-year player Corey Clement back. After that, the running back position seems up in the air.
Blount, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner are all free agents, while Wendell Smallwood and Donnell Pumphrey are far from locks to make the 2018 roster.
When he signed with the Eagles last May, Blount said there were other teams interested in him but he chose his new team strategically. At the time, he said he thought the Eagles were the best fit for him. We’ll find out soon enough if that still holds true for him and the BIrds.