Report: Patriots Free Agent RB LeGarrette Blount To Visit With Steelers

After already meeting with Jacksonville Jaguars free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew this past, the Pittsburgh Steelers have now scheduled a visit with another free agent running back.

According to the National Football Post, New England Patriots free agent running back LeGarrette Blount will be in Pittsburgh Sunday night for a visit.

Blount rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns last season for the Patriots and the Steelers should know a lot about him already as they had him in for a pre draft visit back in 2010.

Blount was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2010 out of Oregon and has since played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Patriots. During his career, he’s rushed for 2,711 yards and 20 touchdowns on 579 regular season carries.

In addition to playing running back for the Patriots in 2013, Blount also returned 17 kickoffs for 494 yards and two of those returns went for 40 or more yards.

Update: Ed Bouchette is now reporting the visit will take place on Monday.

  • steeltown


    I don’t care what anyone says about his demeanor, that can be rectified with a strong locker room, this guy is a tough runner with 4.7yds per avg. and he’s still relatively young. Would be nice to have him behind Bell.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I would wet my jock strap if they signed him

  • Phil Colella

    I think I know the answer to this, but I wouldn’t think he would be much of a pass catching threat. Sort of a one demensional threat.

  • 20Stoney

    I know he’s good to have around if fisticuffs break out.

  • Douglas Andrews

    LaGarrette is a tough runner would be a nice compliment to Bell. KR numbers don’t blow you away but I like the fact that he’s versatile. Could be a goal line and short yardage back also.

  • steeltown

    Bryan: I think you mean 20TDs

  • 804Stiller

    Yeah, a good 1,2 punch………..

  • Matt Manzo

    I still think we should have taken him in the seventh or 6th that year! I don’t think he would’ve had the early drama with us!
    I’d love for him to wear our uniform but I think it’s a few years too late! If they signed him I’d be happier than a Starks or MJD signing.

  • steeltown

    After being traded to the Pats, he took a pay reduction and was only making the minimum last year for a 4yr player, I think around 650K… if we throw a little money at him he might stick

  • Richie

    way too descriptive

  • Richie

    If he can play for Belichek he can play for anyone

  • westcoasteeler

    I was screaming at the tv when he(and burfict) didn’t get drafted. He’s a beast. And so is his right hook. Both woulda been great 7th rounders going into the draft with their particular brand of issues

  • Jerome72

    Another player that most likely will leave without signing!

  • dgh57

    IDK, a short yardage back maybe but not a #2 as he only had 2 receptions last year in a pass happy team like the Patriots. So I would be concerned if he was required to fill in for Bell for a extended time as the passing game would suffer.

  • Ike Evans

    Oh I’m sooooo about this life lol….we would lead the league in running backs hurdling defenders btw blount and bell…..ooooooooohh it even sounds good together bell and blount

  • Biggie

    Would be a great addition, but have a hard time NE lets him get away.

  • greeny

    I called this out in my previous posts. Makes more sense and less of cap hit. We need a short yardage and goal line runner.

  • Steelers12328882

    I thought he couldn’t block?

  • Smashmouth

    i suggested blount in an earlier post and i’m very glad he will visit hopefully the steelers FO will lock the door after he walks in and makes sure he doesn’t escape lol

  • Smashmouth

    at 240 lbs. he can more or less set a pick lol

  • Imagine him and Bell on the field at the same time.

  • never know playing dirty baltimore.

  • Caesar

    Absolutely no.

  • AndyR34

    Where are we going to find this strong locker room? Who are the leaders in this strong locker room? I think you are remembering the strong locker room that we used to have…and please don’t tell me that Ben is a strong leader, for he isn’t.

  • costanza2k1

    unless we’re in the locker room we don’t know if it’s strong or weak

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I like it. Let’s get him signed.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Why no Ceaser? He would be cheap and not only is he big, he is quick enough to break off long runs.

    An NFL ready number two who knows what it takes to be a pro would lesson the need for a rb until later in the draft or not at all maybe.

  • steeltown

    Its the Steeler way, from ownership to coaches to players, some organizations, the Steelers included, have strong foundations

  • Fritz Baughman

    This is a smokescreen. Rooney is a huge proponent of legalizing marijuana so he is obviously backing his agenda by attempting to get a guy named “Blount” on the team.

    Ok, so all jokes aside….he would be one helluva 1-2 punch with Bell, especially in the 4th quarter when defenses are wearing down.

  • steelersfan

    After all these free agents coming and leaving without contracts I can’t get excited about this until he actually signs. It would be a great though.

  • Caesar

    I just think he’s vastly overrated. Brings nothing to the passing game, as a receiver or blocker. Poor in short yardage. Would just like someone as a backup who is more well-rounded.

  • steeltown

    In addition to whoever we bring in, we should in all likelihood re-sign LSH (if healthy) and draft a RB most likely someone like LSH with receiving and kick return ability

  • PA2AK

    Andy, you’re just made cuz Woody and Buzz got donated…stay grumpy my friend.

  • Will Hammer

    he’ll visit and leave ….

  • Toddy Bravo

    Yea, I’m not feeling this one. I have no witty remarks or stats to back up my opinion, but he just doesn’t seem like a Steeler to me. If he’s not a dominant blocker with his size, and can’t contribute as a receiver on 3rd downs, then he’s a one trick pony with character issues in my eyes and not worth it.

  • dgh57

    Okay, but Blount isn’t a well rounded enough RB to be a #2 behind Bell.

  • dkoy85

    Thanks for the info- makes me feel good about this visit. Maybe he wont leave town. We got Moore, hopefully sign Blount, and please please sign Carrington. IMO that is an upgrade at every position they let go. Fingers crossed

  • steeltown

    But he is a running back, an experienced one that has shown to be successful when given the rock. That’s what we need badly right now. He caught 15passes a few yrs back, nothing to write home about but there’s some capability there.

  • dgh57

    I agree!

  • steeltown

    Would be nice to land Carrington, for sure

  • dgh57

    Bell #1 RB, a more well rounded draft pick at #2, Blount as a short yardage back(maybe), LSH at #4(or a RB like him would work better.

  • steeltown

    Any way you slice it we’re a better Team with Blount on it, than not IMO

  • TJenks048 .

    I don’t care what anyone says, this guy is the closest damn thing to The Bus that we have in the league right now. I’m not saying he is The Bus cause he doesn’t have the quick feet Jerome did, but I would thoroughly enjoy watching him destroy Burfict and Maualuga when they meet in the hole!

  • dgh57

    I’m for signing him as I feel he could have a role in our offense. He would certainly be cheap enough and low risk.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Probably not, but the Patriots never targeted him. Back in 2011 he caught 15 of 23 passes.


    I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t realize Blount was so young – graduated in 2010!!!
    So, that makes him what, 25 or 26? I know he would be a backup, but at that age he could be more of a 1B to Bell’s 1A vs starter and backup.
    I was really impressed when he ran in that divisional playoff game for the (rotten bastard) Patriots – very physical a la Bettis ……..
    I know Tampa Bay was kind of a dead end for him, a disappointment, but going by last year this could be awesome.
    Does our signing of Lance Moore and potentially Blount preclude our ability to sign the DE Carrington if available to us?
    Gotta say, this guy has the right name to be a Steeler!!! 🙂

  • walter mason

    We are really thin at RB. Is Redzone Redman available?

  • cp72

    He also surprisingly averaged 29 yards on kick returns which is outstanding. His special teams experience can’t be overlooked. On kick returns last year were horrendous.

  • pat

    If he signs we wont know til next fri so we have a wk to discuss this. Lol

  • Eddie Cruz

    Yeah he may not be a third down back, but he would be a hell of a spell back. The dumbest thing we could do is run bell for 300 carries and shorten his career and effectiveness. If we could spell him for a couple series and keep his legs fresh this would be ideal. As Dave said we can always give Redman a ring to block on third down or catch a screen pass. This signing makes perfect sense. Hopefully it happens

  • Andrew Alberico

    Jim Brown and Gale Sayers, among others, were not known for their blocking. Steelers need running backs, not blocking backs.

  • tim

    It wouldn’t be a BAD thing too to be able to pick the brain of a former Pat even if they DO change it up alot, im sure coaches wouldn’t mind having him around…has he talked to the Jets or Miami

  • sean mcmartin

    Blount has some aggression when he runs..The Steleers could use some guys like him against the rats.

  • Don

    But in this day and age, a RB needs to be able to pass block to stay on the field. That said, I know nothing about Blount’s blocking ability.

  • Patrick Reid

    Agreed. DAT from Oregon or Archer from Kent state both fit that bill. However, I think Chip Kelly will do everything in his power to draft DAT if Desean Jackson gets traded. Both of these guys run in the 4.2 -4.3 range. I did like what it seemed LSH was gonna bring to the table last year until he got hurt. And if he is healthy I wouldn’t mind seeing him get another shot.

  • Joe Gulaskey

    Don’t want to see a contract restructure so we can sign him. They are better off waiting until June 1st, I am sure there will still be a Blount or someone out there worth signing then.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    I agree we need some aggressiveness, however; I would like to see it more on the defensive side of the ball.