LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay’s veteran runningback, could be Seattle’s back up plan if Marshawn Lynch’s off field activities cause him to miss an extended amount of time due to a possible suspension.
Brock and Salk of Seattle’s own ESPN Sports Talk 710 discuss John Shnieder’s close connections and friendship with Bucs general manager, Mark Dominik. The relationship was a large part in the acquisition of tight end, Kellen Winslow, which could also assist in bringing about another player that could be extremely helpful to the Seahawks offense, plus the Oregon product is no stranger to the northwest. If Lynch gets leveled with a weighty and lengthy suspension, the Seahawks would need a veteran presents with a similar “smash and run” style that Lynch is known for. Blount has just that presents and just that kind of style.
Blount is not without his own personal issues however.
“His lack of commitment was startling to coaches from the day he was claimed off waivers from the Titans an undrafted rookie in 2010,” writes Rick Shroud of the Tampa Bay Times. ” The first two weeks after being acquired off of the waiver wires, (Blount) never made it to work on time and compiled fines of more than $15,000.”
Blount’s “lack of commitment” may become Seattle’s gain. With rookie Doug Martin being picked up at of Boise State, the veteran will be looking at a competition in the backfield. Blount had a great run last year similar to Lynch’s 2010 Beast mode run, against the Green Bay Packers that resulted in a 54-yard touchdown. Seattle could use that kind of back up power if Lynch can’t play.
Blount carried the ball 1,788 career yards with 11 touchdowns. He has however had nine career fumbles. This kid will certainly not be a long-term answer, but maybe he can fill in that void should the need arrive in Seattle.