LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants share mutual interest in a deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

LeGarrette Blount, Giants Share Mutual Interest

The former New England Patriots running back became a free agent in early March and has stayed on the market since.

Blount’s potential deal would follow that of another veteran running back, Adrian Peterson, who inked a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints early Tuesday after spending ten seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

We have yet to see if a deal with Blount — who also spent one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2014) and his first three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-2012) — materializes before the draft begins Thursday.


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Blount, 30, spent three seasons with the Patriots, and recorded 1,161 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Super Bowl LI champions.

The Giants are in desperate need of a strong rusher after possessing one of the least efficient running games in the NFL last season. Blount would be paired up with running backs like Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

Blount’s return to New England was shut down after the Patriots added Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee in free agency.

The former Patriots star was arrested for possession of marijuana along with another running back, the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell, in July.

In other football news, Cleveland police are investigating Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley for rape following an accusation from a woman earlier this month.

Conley is considered a top defensive prospect for this weeks NFL draft. He has not yet been interviewed by police, or charged or arrested. The alleged incident Conley was involved in reportedly happened in the early morning hours of April 9 at a hotel in downtown Cleveland.

DENVER, CO – DECEMBER 18: Running back LeGarrette Blount #29 of the New England Patriots rushes as inside linebacker Todd Davis #51 of the Denver Broncos attempts a tackle in the first quarter of a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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