PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Eagles have signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, the team announced on Wednesday.

The deal is reportedly worth up to $2.8 million.

Blount, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season. Last year, his second with the Patriots, Blount rushed for 1,161 yards on 299 carries (3.9/carry) and a career and league high 18 touchdowns.

Blount, 6’0″, 250-pounds, clearly provides the Eagles with a big, early-down veteran running back they desperately needed. This likely means the Eagles will cut running back Ryan Mathews, saving $4 million.

Blount will join Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey in the Philly backfield.

Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie were both thrilled with the signing.

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