NFL free agency: LeGarrette Blount, Giants have 'mutual interest,' report says

The Giants are looking to bolster a rushing attack that was one of the NFL's worst in 2016, averaging 88.3 yards per game (29th).

Free-agent running back LeGarrette Blount and the Giants have a mutual interest, according to NFL Network, and Adrian Peterson's landing with the Saints could push Blount and New York to reach a deal before the NFL Draft begins Thursday.

The Giants are looking to bolster a rushing attack that was one of the NFL's worst in 2016, averaging 88.3 yards per game, 29th in the league.

Blount rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016 for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, but New England opted to sign restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee from Buffalo this offseason.

When the Bills declined to match the Patriots' offer to Gillislee by Monday, it effectively closed the door on Blount's return to New England. In two stints covering four seasons, Blount rushed for 2,917 yards and 34 TDs for the Patriots.

Blount's bruising style would appear to be a complement to New York RBs Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

A seven-year veteran, Blount, 30, has 1,168 carries for 5,122 yards (4.4 ypc) and 49 TDs.

The draft appears to be the deadline for the sides to work out a deal so the Giants would know whether they need to tap into a deep pool of talented running back prospects this weekend. That loaded draft class also gives New York some leverage in its discussions with Blount because the Giants can say they'll opt for the younger, less expensive route of drafting a back.

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