Just as the fervor was dying down a bit at the 2013 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a trade that sparked a bit of life back into Radio City Music Hall.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Patriots have acquired running back LeGarrette Blount from Tampa Bay in exchange for returns specialist Jeffrey Demps and a seventh-round pick:
Bucs traded RB LeGarrette Blount to Patriots for RB Jeff Demps and a 7th-round pick, as @tomecurran reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2013
Tom E. Curran of CSN New England reports the seventh-rounder is No. 229 overall.
Blount, a bruising young back who joined the Buccaneers on waivers after being undrafted in 2010, quickly emerged as one of the best young backs in football. He went over the 1,000-yard plateau in his rookie season, which was the most by a rookie that year and made him just the second undrafted rookie to ever hit that mark.
However, things quickly fell off the rails for Blount in Tampa Bay. Hampered by nagging injuries through much of the 2011 season, Blount was unable to follow up on his brilliant rookie campaign. Word began to leak about a lackluster work ethic from Blount prior to the 2012 season, and burgeoning young star Doug Martin swooped in and took the starting job.
Left buried on the depth chart, the 26-year-old Blount received only 41 carries in 2012, rushing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Demps, a dual-sport athlete who won a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, wasn't spending much time currying favor with his pro team, either. Signed last summer in hopes he would bolster the special teams, Demps did not appear in a game for the Patriots in 2012. And when Demps stayed committed to continuing his track-and-field career, a departure became "imminent," per the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe.
With the deal in place, it undoubtedly comes to a relief for all sides. Demps' side of the deal likely came with the stipulation that he could continue his track-and-field career, while Blount should be a solid No. 2 back behind Stevan Ridley.