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

NFL Rumors: Could Detroit Lions Trade for a Running Back?


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed running back LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal today and while that wouldn’t seem to have implications for the Detroit Lions, at least one NFL writer thinks it does.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that the Bucs and Blount have reached an agreement with the understanding that the running back would be traded. As a restricted free agent, signing the deal gives Blount a certain level of financial security while it allows the Bucs to get something in return for him in a trade. That’s where the Lions fit in. La Canfora speculates that the Lions could be a trade partner.

Thus a trade would be a win-win, and with Detroit among the teams in need of a back, and Blount younger than most of the options in free agency, general manager Mark Dominik should be able to get something in return for the player.

It doesn’t strike me as a likely scenario give the fact the Lions are looking for a running back like Reggie Bush instead of a big back like Blount. The Lions aren’t just looking for a running back, they are looking for a specific running back and Blount doesn’t fit the profile.

However, it is worth noting that the Lions coaching staff, or at least the part that is still around, coached Blount at the Senior Bowl three years ago. Still, trading for Blount would signal that the Lions have already given up on Mikel Leshoure. Nothing about this speculation from La Canfora makes much sense at all.

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