It’s the offseason of running back weight bonuses, and the Philadelphia Eagles seem to have a specific range in mind for their new ball-carrier.
Weight clauses typically provide incentives for checking in under a specified mark. The deal Eddie Lacy signed with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason provides perhaps the most notable example, as he can take home $55,000 for each of the six monthly benchmarks designed to have him cut weight over the summer and then maintain for the season.
Yates’ report of a five-pound range for Blount would appear to suggest that, in addition to putting a cap on his weight, the Eagles also don’t want him to lose too much of the size that has long made him a power runner.
Blount enters his first training camp in Philadelphia as the runaway favorite for early down carries. The 30-year-old was incredibly productive in that role with the New England Patriots last season, taking 299 carries for 1,161 yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns.
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