Much has been made about the Ravens’ interest in free agent running back LeGarrette Blount. The move could make sense should Ray Rice be penalized for an off-field incident with his fiance. However, does it make sense beyond that? Could the Ravens only be trying to drive up his value so their AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers have difficulty signing Blount? Probably not. It very well could be a genuine interest with all of their issues in the running game a season ago.
Currently the Ravens have a good rotation with Rice and backup Bernard Pierce. In today’s NFL the running back isn’t as highly valued as they were just a few short years ago. Outside of Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy, not many running backs will command big money on their second deal. If the number is low, bringing in Blount as a short yardage back could be worth a look. The running game struggled a year ago and Blount could make this aspect of the offense a strength once again.
As of now the Ravens have yet to set up a visit with Blount, but general manager Ozzie Newsome will be monitoring the situation. With the success the team has had in the offseason period, adding Blount could only make it an even more productive.
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