LeGarrette Blount Rumors: 5 Ideal Destinations for Bucs RB
If the Bucs have no plans on resigning Blount, who is a restricted free agent after this season, they should look strongly into moving him prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline.
There are plenty of teams that could use Blount in their backfield. Though the running back has only 116 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries this season, he has proven capable of making plays in his young career in the NFL.
Here are five ideal destinations for Blount should Tampa Bay decide to deal him.
Green Bay Packers
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The Green Bay Packers rank 26th in the NFL in rushing, averaging only 90.1 yards per game. While the offense tends to utilize the pass more, a 3.7-yards-per-carry average and only two touchdowns on the ground certainly won't cut it if this team looks to make a sustained postseason run in 2012.
In three games as the featured back since Cedric Benson left the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 with a Lisfranc injury, Alex Green has rushed for only 154 yards on 64 carries.
Though Benson is slated to return at some point this season, adding LeGarrette Blount could help spark a running game that has been lacking all season long.
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After starting the season 4-0, the Arizona Cardinals could fall to .500 with a home loss tomorrow night against the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers, a team that is the model of success in a suddenly tough division.
The Cardinals' recipe for success should be simple this season: Play good defense and run the football well to mitigate mistakes from a shaky quarterback situation.
While injuries have hampered Arizona's ability to possess a consistent running game, it's not too late to make a move and help keep themselves relevant in the NFC in 2012.
Though Beanie Wells could return from his turf-toe injury later this season, the Cardinals could be out of contention by that time. Adding LeGarrette Blount might help bridge that gap.
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However, keeping a healthy backfield might be the key for the Broncos to sustain a deep playoff run this year.
Though Denver ranks 14th in the league in rushing with an average of 112.6 yards per game, the team's reliance on Willis McGahee could start to become an issue as the season wears on.
Ronnie Hillman had a good game against the Saints on Sunday night, with 86 yards on 14 carries. But adding a big body like LeGarrette Blount would help keep McGahee and the rest of the unit fresh all season.
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There is no question that Ray Rice is the man in the Baltimore Ravens' backfield. But their reliance on the running back could start to spell trouble if this team wants to make a deep run in the postseason.
The Ravens rank 19th in the NFL, averaging 104.1 yards per game. But a team that gets 4.7 yards per carry (fifth in the league) should commit to the run even more.
If Baltimore is to add to Rice's inconsistent workload, it may need to bring in a bigger, complementary back to help ease that transition.
LeGarrette Blount would be a perfect fit in the Ravens offense to spell Rice for a few touches each game—that is only if Baltimore commits to running the football more.
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But after a 5-3 record, a solid defensive performance and a league-leading 775 rushing yards out of Peterson, the Vikings look to be very formidable as the 2012 season progresses.
However, with a tough second-half schedule, Minnesota needs to find ways to preserve Peterson. With Toby Gerhart struggling as the current backup (108 yards on 31 carries), the Vikings would do well to make a play for LeGarrette Blount.
If Minnesota wants to keep this season from turning sour quickly, the goal should be to go all-in with the running game. This will prevent quarterback Christian Ponder from needing to do too much.