Report: LeGarrette Blount’s Eagles deal has $50K weight incentive
LeGarrette Blount stands to pocket a tidy bonus simply by stepping on a scale ahead of his first training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles later this summer. That is, only if he makes an agreed-upon weight range.
Blount, who signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Eagles this offseason (worth up to $2.8 million with $1.55 million in incentives), can earn a $50,000 bonus should he weigh between 240-250 pounds when reporting at camp, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
The veteran running back is listed at 250 pounds on the Eagles website, but the speculation is that Blount’s true weight exceeds that number.
When asked in May at Eagles minicamp about his weight, Blount stated he’s “at the weight I need to be at” and when pressed on the issue, the running back added, “I’m gonna be training.”
Blount appeared in all 16 games for the New England Patriots last season and intends to do the same in 2017 with Eagles, citing his “great” health as the reason, despite being on the presumed wrong side of 30 for a running back (Blount will turn 31 in December).
“To play a full season, play every game, every carry that they gave me, I feel great, I feel amazing,” Blount said in May. “The thing I do most is I make sure I stay on a healthy diet. As long as I eat good and maintain my weight, I’m pretty good at it. It’s easy to stay healthy at that point.”
Blount obviously isn’t a fleet-of-foot scat back, so it’s not like a few extra pounds here and there are going to hold him back on what he does best: Ground and pound in bruising fashion between the tackles and punish defenders who meet him in the hole.
But if he can somehow hit that target weight range, Blount stands to pocket $50,000. Not a bad motivator.