Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/24/12
Headlines around the NFL are suggesting that LeGarrette Blount could lose his Tampa Bay roster spot by either being released by the team or as a trade with Seattle if their running back Marshawn Lynch misses significant time because of his off the field antics.

Readers who have read my other work on Blount know that I would not be sorry to see Blount leave Tampa Bay. Let me explain why.

Blount Not a Team Player
First, Blount is not a team player. An article by John Hunt in the Oregonian points out that at Oregon he was suspended for the first quarter of a game in 2008 versus California for “not following team rules.” Additionally, after missing workouts and team meetings at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009, Blount was suspended indefinitely.

After improving performance and attendance during his suspension, Blount was reinstated to the team for the 2009 season by new head coach Chip Kelly.

However, Blount would get in more trouble following the first game of the 2009 season, after he punched an player from Boise State knocking him to the ground, punched a teammate in the helmet, and  antagonized Boise State fans before being escorted off the field. Although Blount was originally slated to be suspended for the rest of the season, “good behavior” allowed Blount to play in a December game against Oregon State, and in the Rose Bowl against Ohio State.

Although he did not get drafted, he signed a undrafted free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.  However, making it to the NFL did not change Blount’s ways, as he punched a fellow player at Tennessee’s training camp in 2010. After being waived by Tennessee in September of 2010, Blount was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Although Blount has not experienced any physical confrontations in Tampa Bay he still hasn’t been able to fly under the radar. According to a report by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that was referenced on NFL.com, Blount lost 15,000 dollars in fines in his first two weeks in Tampa Bay, for consistently being late for practices and meetings. It got so bad that reportedly, Blount was forced by Tampa Bay’s GM and then head coach Raheem Morris, to hire a driving service to make sure Blount was on time. While Blount started being on time, Stroud reports that Blount was still caught sleeping during meetings in 2011.

Most recently Blount garnered attention because he was called out by new head Greg Schiano about his turnover problems, and because of his comments back in April about the team potential drafting Trent Richardson.

I believe in second chances, but Blount has gotten more chances than most, but still has not changed his ways.

Blount A Great Football Player?
A second reason I would not be sad to see Blount go is that he is not that great of a football player. Yes he did impress me with his literal leaps and bounds he took on the football field in 2010. However, as much as he impressed me in 2010, was how much he failed to impress in 2011.

His production dropped from 1,007 yards and an average of 5 yards a carry in 2010 to 781 yards and 4.2 in 2011. Additionally, Blount only showed himself as a battering ram, power running back in one game last season. Lastly, Blount has been responsible for six fumbles over the past two seasons.

Blount is not going to last long in the NFL, and if Seattle wants to bring in more problems for themselves, more power to them.
 

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