LeGarrette Blount led the NFL with 18 touchdowns in 2016, but can't find an offer in line with his production.
While the Pats have a need for a power back, Rapoport noted that the team isn't in a hurry to increase its offer for a one-dimensional runner generating a shallow market.
"The Patriots really have not upped their offer because at this point LeGarrette Blount does not have a competing offer, has not yet been able to take a visit with another team, which might spur the Patriots to increase the amount of money they're willing to give him," Rapoport said. "What LeGarrette Blount needs now is a little bit of leverage to get the Patriots to pay a little bit more than they originally offered. Because otherwise it just doesn't seem like he's thrilled to come back and make less than, say, Rex Burkhead is making for the Patriots."
After finding a similarly cold market last offseason, Blount settled for a one-year, $1 million contract with the Patriots last season.
The pairing between the Pats and Blount makes an eventual reunion seem obvious. New England needs a big, short-yardage back and the veteran is comfortable in the scheme. However, if Blount is unwilling to take a deal for a lower rate than Burkhead, the situation could linger well into the summer months -- until a possible injury moves the needle on his market.