Things don’t appear to be working out too well in Pittsburgh for former Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount. (USA TODAY Images)
After a productive season in his first year with the Patriots, free agent running back LeGarrette Blount opted to move on and pursue another opportunity in Pittsburgh where he signed a two-year deal with the Steelers back in March.
It turns out, the grass doesn’t appear to be greener for him there.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blount walked off the field before the game was over at the end of their Monday night win over Tennessee, reportedly upset that he had not received any carries throughout the night.
Bouchette reports that this is apparently not the first time that Blount has been a problem for the Steelers. A few weeks ago, Blount reportedly went on a Pittsburgh radio station and complained about his lack of offensive snaps and hasn’t seemed happy with his role as a backup to Le’Veon Bell, although Bell has been the more productive of the two this season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry while rushing the football 195 times for 951 yards and two touchdowns. Blount, meanwhile, has 65 carries for 266 yards on the season along with two touchdowns of his own.
To make matters worse, it sounds like Blount has lost the support of a lot of his teammates. According to Bouchette, several players have been pushing for the Steelers to release the beleaguered running back because of his attitude. The Steelers are on a bye this week, so it will be interesting to see if anything transpires from that standpoint.
The former Patriots running back will likely be remembered for his performance in the team’s playoff victory over Indianapolis, where he rushed 24 times for 166 yards and four touchdowns, marking the most rushing touchdowns in Patriotsâ€™ history (regular and postseason) and the second most in a playoff game in NFL history.
Jonas Gray obviously matched that 4-touchdown performance Sunday night against, oddly enough, the Colts.
UPDATE: Blount has indeed been released by the Steelers, and is now a free agent.