The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to trade Legarrette Blount, according Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Blount was re-signed on a cheap, one-year $1.75 million contract a few days ago. According to La Canfora, a trade could net the Buccaneers a mid-round pick, which seems a little much to me. A fifth-round pick for a fourth-year, inconsistent running back with some upside seems a little steep, but there are some reasons why it could happen.
For one, Blount is signed to a cheap contract. That contract may be valid for just one year, which then depresses the value, but he would come at a lower price than someone like Ahmad Bradshaw. Moreover, Blount is relatively young at 26 and has very little tread on the tires.
The most realistic landing spot for Blount would likely be the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Jeff Fisher first signed Blount as an undrafted rookie in 2010 with the Tennessee Titans, and could still be interested in the running back. Moreover, the team has lost Steven Jackson who voided his contract and St. Louis has an extra first-round pick this year, which may prompt them to deal a late-round pick. In addition, La Canfora mentioned the Detroit Lion as a possible trading partner.
The fact that the Bucs are trying to trade Blount would explain why they re-signed him in the first place, despite having him on the field just 9% of all offensive snaps last season. It would also explain why news of the re-signing didn't leak until today, several days after the contract was first signed.
Ultimately, it seems unlikely the Bucs would get much for Blount. He could easily end up remaining in Tampa, and then playing out his contract, but it's a situation worth monitoring.