NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the veteran running back has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots worth up to $2 million, according to a source informed of his situation. NFL Media's Albert Breer added that Blount's deal includes a $760,000 base salary, $100,000 signing bonus, $100,000 roster bonus and $1 million in incentives.
The move comes a day after the Patriots released third-year back Tyler Gaffney. Blount missed the final four games and the playoffs last season with a chipped bone in his hip. The injury didn't require surgery for Blount, who will turn 30 in December. Rapoport reported Blount should be ready for organized team activities.
The apparent lack of interest in Blount on the free-agent market is somewhat telling, but Blount has always fit in nicely in New England. Last season, Blount had a 165 carries for 703 yards and six touchdowns. If he can stay on the field, a similar workload can be expected.