Curran: Pats 'shortsighted' if Blount walks without challenge

Curran: Pats 'shortsighted' if Blount walks without challenge
March 23, 2014, 11:00 pm
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Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount burst back onto the scene last season after falling down the depth chart and out of favor in Tampa Bay.

Now, he's a free agent. It hasn't been a hot market for running backs this offseason, but Blount has a meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers now.

Does that mean his days are done in Foxboro? Tom E. Curran joined Mike Felger on Sports Sunday to discuss if the Patriots would at least offer Blount a match.

"I think that the Patriots would be a little bit short-sighted if they didn't retain LeGarrette Blount . . . " said Curran. "But they have two guys in [Stevan] Ridley and [Shane] Vereen who are up at the end of the year. I think it merits long hard consideration as to whether or not you want to let him get out of the house without a challenge from the Patriots."

In other AFC East news, the Jets made a signing . . . in Michael Vick. Obviously, they put their faith in rookie QB Geno Smith last season. Now, Vick throws a wrench in that.

"It helps to undermine the process at hand," Curran said of the signing. "[Tim] Tebow undermined [Mark] Sanchez, even though he wasn't a real threat. The presence of Vick, with Rex Ryan almost in a win-now mode, it's going to be irresistible for Rex Ryan to put him in. And [GM] John Idzik most likely is going to want to see development from Geno Smith, who is a player he drafted. So Jets not getting better anytime soon."