BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — LeGarrette Blount led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns and won a Super Bowl with the Patriots last year.
When it came time to re-sign the running back, the best offer Blount received from the Patriots was a $1.1 million tender. It was something Blount wasn’t going to accept. When the Eagles offered him a one-year, $2.8 million deal, the Pats declined to match it.
So now Blount is facing the Patriots in Super Bowl LII and isn’t bitter at his former team.
“I don’t hold grudges against anybody,” he said. “I’m a pretty happy guy.”
For the Eagles, Blount scored only two rushing touchdowns, but led the team with 766 rushing yards, and like with the Patriots, had to share the carries. The Eagles use a run-pass-option offense and have utilized the passing attack with quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles.
“It’s a business, man, it’s like any other business,” Blount said. “Guys get hired, guys get fired, guys get let go, guys don’t get contracts renewed. It’s like any other business, you can’t take it personal. I don’t take it personal. I still love Bill [Belichick], I still love Tom [Brady] and whatever. It’s something you can’t take personal, they handle their business differently than everyone else.”