Super Bowl champion LeGarrette Blount joins Lions

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Blount, 31, has won the Super Bowl each of the last two years - with New England in 2017 and Philadelphia in 2018. He was with the New England Patriots when the team made a sensational and historic come-from-behind win in Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons.

The team signed LeGarrette Blount to a one-year $4.5 million contract on Friday, according to NFL Network.

That said, he was still on a one-year deal and became a free agent just months after hoisting the Lombardi trophy for the second consecutive time. He proved not only to be an effective runner but was key in creating a loose locker room atmosphere and remained invested after losing snaps to Jay Ajayi, whom the Eagles acquired from the Miami Dolphins at the trade deadline. The expectation all along has been that the Lions will look for a running back somewhere in the top half of the draft and that remains the case.

So, what now? Well, he had a very nice postseason and he's been in a bit more demand this offseason than he was last offseason (there was virtually no interest in him last year).

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In 116 regular-season games, Blount has rushed for 5,888 yards and 51 touchdowns.

Blount ran the ball 173 times last season for 766 yards and two touchdowns. In the end, they went with the player they know best. But I think we have guys in that room that are tough guys, they're smart guys, they have skill. Probably to that room, absolutely.

Blount also gives the Lions veteran experience in a running back room in which?

For me, it seems clear the Lions are looking for a veteran runner with a history of success in the National Football League to mentor a talented, young running back they intend on finding in the upcoming draft.

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