RB LeGarrette Blount signing with Eagles, according to reports

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The New York Giants missed out on the sweepstakes to sign former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount this week but could there be another former Patriot the Giants should consider signing?

None of the Eagles' remaining backs are three-down backs.

Sources: #Eagles are signing ex-#Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth up to $2.8M.

First, you can eliminate Ryan Mathews from the list of running backs in Philly. Mathews, 6-feet and 220 pounds, rushed for a combined 1,200 yards and 14 TDs in two seasons with the Eagles, but missed six total games with various injuries.

Sproles may be relegated to special teams at this point in his career where he can still excel as a return specialist.

The Eagles' fourth-round pick, Donnell Pumphrey, is even smaller than Sproles and is expected to be a change-of-pace option in Frank Reich's offense. Second-year veteran Wendell Smallwood could also be in danger.

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While the Eagles finished with the league's 11th best rushing attack in terms of yards in 2016, they ranked 24th in the NFL in terms touchdown efficiency in the red zone.

It's unlikely Smallwood is cut after being the 153rd selection previous year, but his carries aren't expected to increase. He had 299 carries last season and has 34 career regular-season games with at least 15 carries. Corey Clement is going to learn a lot from LeGarrette.

Blount, 31, played the last two seasons with the New England Patriots. Some believed Quinn was just waiting to sign Blount, but obviously, that was not in his plans either. As soon as he is able to pass a physical, he will most likely be released.

Philadelphia's roster is now at the maximum offseason limit of 90 players.

Blount's arrival and Walker's departure leaves the Eagles with the maximum 90 players on the roster as they approach the start of organized team activities next week.

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