The Philadelphia Eagles signed running back, LeGarrette Blount, to a one year contract (terms yet to be disclosed). Blount spent the last four seasons with the Patriots (spent a few weeks with the Steelers before being signed back to New England) and led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns last season. 2016 also marked his first 1,000 yard season since he hit that mark as a rookie back in 2010.
It was a bit of a quiet free agent market for Blount. The Giants expressed interest and the Patriots exercised their restricted free agent tender on him, but the Eagles were the team to put pen to paper and get Blount under contract for 2017.
Fantasy Impact: From a skillset perspective it is very clear what Blount offers. He's a short 1st and 2nd down back, goal-line and short yardage specialist. He adds NOTHING to the passing game, catching just 23 passes the last four seasons. But that's fine for Philly since they already have passing down extraordinaire, Darren Sproles, on the roster. The Eagles actually have a pretty crowded backfield with Wendell Smallwood, recently drafted Donnel Pumphrey, and Ryan Mathews. But it seems Mathews will likely get cut now that Blount is signed.
The Eagles have made some great moves under this new regime. They signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith this off-season. Carson Wentz looks like an upcoming star and their backfield has a lot of versatility. Plus their offensive line is among the better half in the NFL. Look for the Eagles to put up some big points on the board in 2017 and so far, their players don't have a high price-tag according to the latest ADP data.
Regarding Blount's former team, the Patriots, they are still set at RB even despite losing a guy who scored 18 TDs for them a year ago. Dion Lewis and James White are still under contract and New England signed Mike Gillislee who is expected to take over as the "power back" and fill the void left by Blount.