Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 4/27/13
TAMPA, Fla. Running back LeGarrette Blount is leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rumored as a trade possibility recently, Blount, a one-time starter, was traded to the New England Patriots for a seventh-round pick and the rights to running back Jeff Demps on Saturday. Weve talked to Jeff a little bit, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said. Were just taking the rights to see what happens. The reason was not Jeff Demps. Jeff Demps was part of it but not the reason. We were going to do LeGarrette Blount for a seventh-round pick, but we asked for the rights to Jeff Demps. Blount, an Oregon product, rushed for 1,939 yards in three seasons with the Bucs. He had a career-high 1,007 yards with six touchdowns in 2010, his rookie year. He saw limited action last season, only 41 carries for 151 yards with two touchdowns, after rookie Doug Martin became Tampa Bays choice at the position. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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