Eagles news: Doug Pederson has no plans of releasing LeGarrette Blount

CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 28: LeGarrette Blount
CHANDLER, AZ - JANUARY 28: LeGarrette Blount /

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has no plans of releasing LeGarrette Blount.

There’s been talk and some speculation about whether the Philadelphia Eagles were intent on releasing running back LeGarrette Blount. We, at Inside The Iggleseven added to some of that speculation by running a story of our own. Well, everyone who had their heart set on seeing Blount in an Eagles jersey can rest easy.

Head coach Doug Pederson has informed us that Blount isn’t going anywhere.

Here’s a quote that’s straight from the source:

"I mean, the guy is a beast of a runner. I don’t know what else to tell you. (He had) 18 touchdowns, 15 in the red zone, last year. That’s the production. You saw yesterday the style of running that he can do. And the other thing is, we’re not game-planning these (preseason) games, so it’s really hard going into a game saying, ‘This is best against this team.’ We’re trying to execute our plays. As coaches, we might be doing our players an injustice by putting them in bad situations. But you saw what he’s done the last couple of days.I’m excited he’s here, and he’s going to be a big part of our offense."

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So, what now? The Eagles don’t want Blount to be good. They, flat out, are banking on it, literally. They’ve exchanged one big contract for another. They’ve recently released Ryan Mathews and have freed themselves of his high cap number.

Blount, though not as expensive, still represents $1.25 million against the cap. If Blount would have been cut, he’d still be part of a $400,000 dead-cap penalty that would hang over the team for the 2017 season.

We probably should have known Blount was safe, but antennas were raised following two unimpressive preseason games. Now, with the absence of the pressure of wondering what the team’s thoughts are. Maybe we can finally see the LeGarrette Blount we thought we’d see when the Eagles signed him back on May 17th of 2017.

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According to Coach Pederson he’s going to be a “big part” of the Eagles offense as the season unfolds. We’re all waiting to see if that’s what happens.