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Bucs trying to trade LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) runs with the ball before an NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


The Buccaneers signed running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract before the start of free agency, but that doesn’t mean he’ll play in Tampa this season.

In fact, the Bucs are trying to trade Blount, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

That’s no surprise. Blount was brought in by the previous regime in Tampa and never seemed like a good fit with head coach Greg Schiano. And in 2012 Blount was largely phased out of the offense in favor of rookie Doug Martin: Blount carried just 41 times for 151 yards, while Martin got the bulk of the carries and finished the season with 319 carries for 1,454 yards.

Blount is only 26 years old and only three years removed from a rookie season in which he carried 201 times for 1,007 yards, so it wouldn’t be surprising if some other team figures he’s worth a draft pick in a trade. Blount could provide value to some other team, even if the Bucs are ready to move on.