LeGarrette Blount, Giants have 'mutual interest,' report says — National Football League free agency

The value of running backs on the free agent market is clearly down, due in part to a loaded draft class this year.

The question now is when/if Blount moves on from the Patriots. The Pats have found their new running back and Blount may have found a new home.

Free agent running back LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants have "mutual interest" in reaching a deal that could be finalized before this weekend's NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday.

With Adrian Peterson now off to New Orleans, New York can now focus all of their attention on Blount. The deal is for two years and worth $6.4 million with the Patriots and the Bills will receive a fifth-round draft pick as compensation.

The Giants scored just six touchdowns on the ground last season while Blount, by himself, led the league with 18. New England had reportedly given Blount a contract offer this offseason but he decided not to sign it. Would you like to see the Giants sign Blount?

The Giants, 11-5 a year ago, struggled running the ball in short yardage situations with Rashad Jennings (181 carries, 456 yards) and Paul Perkins (112/456) picking up most of the work.

With Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. on the sides of the field, Blount could help Eli Manning find them open more often.

  • Julie Sanders