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First-Round Tender For Blount?

March 06, 2013 at 01:00am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

This jump alone is worth a second-round pick.
According to Roy Cummings, the Bucs are considering putting a first-round tender on LeGarrette Blount.

The Bucs are considering placing a first-round tender on Blount, in part because Dominik says he never wants to leave himself short at the running back position the way he did in 2010, especially now that the Bucs offense is a run-first attack.

A first-round tender would not only prevent other teams from signing Blount, they’d be scared to even say his name publicly. It might be overkill, but it doesn’t bother me like it apparently does others who commented on the story. The Bucs would have to pay Blount $2.9-million for 2013, but they can easily absorb that with their cap room so I’m not sure why fans care. It’s not their money. Except, of course, the money Tampa residents pay for the stadium which indirectly goes back to the Bucs to help them pay players. They can complain a little. And they do.

Blount had 151 yards and 2 touchdowns last year and those numbers could be easily replaced. But you have to be careful who you pick. Anyone remember Kregg Lumpkin or Mossis Madu or Derrick Ward? At least we know Blount can run for 1,000 yards if he really wants to. Everyone thinks you can just grab any old running back and plug him in since the game is all passing these days. They point to Arian Foster as an undrafted free agent as an example but somehow forget that for every Foster there’s a couple dozen scrubs who would otherwise be selling insurance if running backs weren’t snapping knees like twigs. You need someone at least reliable and Blount can be that guy. I say it’s a good move if they do it.

2 Comments to “First-Round Tender For Blount?”

HAGEN205

HAGEN205 (March 06, 2013 at 06:31pm:

in short i agree =]

worker b

worker b (March 07, 2013 at 05:58am:

I not only agree, I hope they use him a lot more this year. The Bucs got away from the “run first” mentality” after some big Freeman performances half way through the year and appeared to try and establish the passing game to set up the run. That’s when their losing streak started. Freeman’s not a ball control, move the chains type.

They need to recommit to run-first and give Blount at least a series or two each half. He’s shown he can even carry a team to a win at times. He’ll probably never be happy as the second back, but overpaying a little can help with that.

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