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.