Allen Park — After not adding a running back via the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions are reportedly mulling over adding veteran LeGarrette Blount to the roster.
Citing league sources, Yahoo! Sports is reporting the Lions and Giants are both showing interest in Blount.
The 6-foot, 250-pounder is coming off his most productive season, rushing for a career-high 1,161 yards while scoring a league-best 18 touchdowns.
There’s also the Lions connection — prior to joining the organization as general manager, Bob Quinn served as the director of pro scouting for the Patriots when the team acquired Blount in a 2013 trade.
During an interview Tuesday morning with 97.1 FM, Quinn didn’t have much to say about his team’s interest in Blount.
“We’ve talked to a lot players that are still unrestricted free agents and I’m not going to really comment on any one specific player or position,” Quinn said.
After not drafting a running back, including passing on Kareem Hunt and D’Onta Foreman in the third round prior to trading the team’s No. 85 pick to the Patriots, Quinn spoke confidently about his current stable of backs ability to get the job done.
“I feel pretty good about the position,” Quinn said. “There were a couple running backs we looked at the middle part of the draft, but no one we felt was going to come in and really unseat any of the guys we have on the roster.”
The addition of Blount, 30, would certainly give the Lions the power component the current backfield rotation lacks. In 2016, Blount had 11.6 percent of his 299 carries stopped for a loss or no gain, compared to 15.9 percent for Zach Zenner.