Understanding LeGarrette Blount’s ValueMarch 11th, 2013
Former Bucs running back and Florida Gators great Earnest Graham is a huge LeGarrette Blount supporter but understands why the Bucs would want to trade him, as has been rumored.
In Graham’s mind, the Bucs and the rest of the NFL know Blount is a true No. 1 running back capable of a Pro Bowl-caliber season, so the Bucs know Blount could return strong value in a trade.
Graham explained that Blount is not an ideal complementary back to Doug Martin during an interview with host Steve Isbitts on 98.7 FM yesterday.
“LeGarrette’s talent is undeniable. I think LeGarrette in the right system is a 1,500-yard back, I just really do,” Graham said. “I think the guy is impressive. I played alongside him. I played fullback for him. I saw him day in and day out. I think he just needs to be part of a system. You know, LeGarrette’s a back that needs to be heavily involved. He’s not a back that’s, ‘Hey, you get here and you play a couple of spurts.’ He’s a guy that feeds on getting carry after carry and the game becomes really simple for him. You know, I think definitely the Bucs understand his value. They understand his value might be greater to another team. If you turn on that film [from 2010], it’s undeniable the level of football LeGarrette is capable of playing.”
Graham went on to say if he were rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, he would not be interested in any veteran free agent running backs to replace Blount if he is traded. Graham said he’s confident the Bucs could find a true No. 2 running back late in the 2013 draft or an undrafted player.
Joe gets that Blount could return a third or fourth-round pick on the trade market, which would be too juicy to pass up. But Joe also knows the Bucs have been constructed to run the football — a lot.
Blount may be second-rate in spot duty, as Graham suggested, but Blount remains fantastic insurance if Doug Martin were to be out injured for a full game or more.