Blount on free agency: 'I'd like to be here'

Blount on free agency: 'I'd like to be here'
January 20, 2014, 2:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- One of the questions New England has to answer in free agency regards LeGarrette Blount.

If the running back gets his way, he'll stay.

"I'd like to be here but we'll see how it goes," he said Monday. "We've got to see how things turn out this offseason."

Blount signed a $630,000 contract with the Patriots after being traded by Tampa Bay in late April. It was a low-risk deal that ended up having a great reward; after a slow start, he finished with 772 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Those numbers tie lead back Stevan Ridley for scores and fall short by just one in yardage.

Not bad for a guy who was on the end of the bench after signing.

The Patriots did not hurt for running back depth this season. Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden were all on the roster before Blount joined up. He's said, time and time again, how grateful he is to have gotten an opportunity.

Don't believe it? Just ask him what he loves about New England.

"The hard, tough-nosed ability that this whole team has. A lot of guys are underdogs or undrafted guys, or not first-round guys, that are coming in here and stepping up and doing things people didn't expect them to do. We've come out and proved people wrong a bunch of times this year."

Blount is talking about himself.

Despite showcasing top-tier talent at the University of Oregon, the back suffered a fall from grace because of character issues. He went undrafted. He was discarded by Tampa Bay after three seasons. But finally, he feels he's redeeming himself.

And he wants to do more. New England's two playoff games were the first and second of his career. There's no going back for Blount now.

"There's a lot of guys in this locker room that have been there before. Just having that first taste just makes you want it all. And I wanted it all, badly," he admitted. "I wanted to be greedy and have it all the first time I got there."

The back is already itching for a second shot at the postseason. Whether or not he'll get it with the Patriots, a perennial contender, is hard to say. Ridley, Vereen, and Bolden are all signed through 2014.

Said Blount: "We'll see."