The Eagles have addressed their glaring need at running back today by agreeing with free agent LeGarrette Blount on a one-year deal. The Patriots took care of the running back position with the additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead earlier in the off-season, so Blount became available and the Eagles finally gave him a home. It’s a little unusual for a mid-May free agent signing to have significant impact in dynasty leagues but this one surely will. Let’s examine the players whose values have been affected by the move.
LeGarrette Blount, RB PHI
The 30-year old Blount had a career year last year with New England by setting career highs in carries (299), yards (1,161) and touchdowns (18). While the touchdown numbers are going to be difficult (if not impossible) to repeat, Blount is clearly going to step into the early down role for Philadelphia and should get virtually all the short yardage and touchdown chances. The Eagles have a solid offensive line and Blount is in a great spot to have a nice season. With his age and short term contract, he represents a perfect “sell” candidate for a dynasty team in rebuilding mode and concurrently makes for a nice “buy” candidate for contenders looking for another running back for their dynasty rotation. Blount’s ADP will surely be on the way back up now. This signing may also shine some truth on the rumor the Eagles were, in fact, looking to trade up to get Dalvin Cook in round two before the Vikings beat them to it. Regardless, it’s clear they weren’t happy with their current running back corps and Blount was easily the best free agent remaining in the player pool.
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