November 25, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount (27) works out prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade LeGarrette Blount to New England Patriots

We’ve had our fair share of trades this draft, but few have involved actual players already in the NFL. Chris Ivory was a running back from NFC South who was shipped to the AFC East, but he wasn’t the only one. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shipped LeGarrette Blount to the New England Patriots in exchange for U.S. Olympian Jeff Demps.


Curran later changed the 278th pick (which doesn’t exist) to a general seventh rounder. But the move is essentially the Buccaneers getting a guy they targeted last offseason and missed out on after the Patriots gobbled him up. The Bucs were very high on Demps last season and eyed him as a guy who can return kicks for them and maybe play out of the backfield.

Doug Martin is the featured back, which is one reason Demps won’t be coming out of the backfield a lot and is the primary reason Blount is now in New England. The Blount trade continues a trend between the Buccaneers and Patriots where they swap stars for picks, as Aqib Talib was sent to New England prior to the trade deadline for pick.

One thing that might annoy Buccaneers fans is the fact that the team has been so bad the past few seasons, yet Bill Belichick and the elite Patriots keep sniping players from them. In New England, Blount will be a part of the rotation of running backs and will be a goal line back option for Belichick to turn to.


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  • Russell Allen Miller

    Blount couldn’t find a role in Sullivan’s offense, and Sullivan and Schiano were reluctant to experiment with him. He must be walking on air, going from the doghouse to become the power back on a perennial playoff team. Track stars who don’t dedicate themselves to the game never seem to do much but generate hopeful headlines about their potential. Another great move for the Pats, says this Bucs fan.

    • Josh Hill

      I agree. Blount was nice when we didn’t have a running back but Dougie Fresh changed all that. I think this is why people hate the Patriots, they always make trades or draft picks that land them talented guys that only they know how to properly use. But I agree, great move by the Pats says this fellow Bucs fan haha