LeGarrette Blount reportedly being shopped by Buccaneers

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The Bucs running back recently signed a one-year offer and is reportedly being shopped for a low draft choice.

LeGarrette Blount recently made the NFL transactions wire with news that he'd re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, that's not likely his permanent home for the 2013 regular season with word that he's on the trade block, according to Jason La Canfora.

Blount is apparently trade bait for the Bucs who are looking to at least get something for the player who rushed for 1,007 yards in his rookie season in 2010. His numbers started to fall off in 2011 with 781 yards, and new head coach Greg Schiano clearly didn't favor Blount with his sparing use in 2012. The sum total last year was a paltry 41 carries for 151 yards and 2 touchdowns.

La Canfora suggests the team could expect a mid-to-late pick for him and suggests the Lions as a trade partner. He writes:

Blount could fetch a mid-round pick in return -- some have suggested a fifth-round pick -- and with him not being a part of the offense much last year under new coach Greg Schiano, and with rookie runner Doug Martin coming off an exceptional season, it makes sense that Tampa Bay would try to get a pick in return for Blount.

However, Rotoworld places the Chiefs alongside the Lions and a few other teams as they guess his new home. The former Oregon product still has plenty of tread on the proverbial tires, and the Chiefs could be interested in a running mate for Jamaal Charles. However, Cyrus Gray is on the roster and as MNChiefsFan already noted this is a solid option for the team as well.

The move to the Chiefs isn't likely, but if the price falls to a seventh rounder, perhaps that's enough to grab him. There's enough to be intrigued given Blount's career 4.6 yards/carry number and early production. Only time will tell, but there's at least another name for the Chiefs to consider as they analyze the running back position around Charles.

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