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Patriots sign RB LeGarrette Blount

In addition, the Patriots released first-year DL Casey Walker.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –The New England Patriots announced that they have signed free agent RBLeGarrette Blount**. Blount, who spent the 2013 season with New England, signed with Pittsburgh on March 28, 2014, as unrestricted free agent and released by Pittsburgh on Nov. 18.

In addition, the Patriots released first-year DL Casey Walker.

Blount was originally acquired by the Patriots from Tampa Bay in a trade on April 27, 2013, in exchange for RB Jeff Demps and a 2013 seventh-round draft selection. The 6-foot, 250-pounder originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tennessee out of Oregon. He was released by Tennessee following training camp and claimed off waivers by Tampa Bay. Blount has played in 67 NFL games with 28 starts and has 2,977 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. He played in 11 games with Pittsburgh this season and had 266 yards and two touchdowns on 65 rushing attempts.

Check out our favorite photos of LeGarrette Blount from the 2013 season.

Last season with the Patriots, Blount played in 16 games with seven starts and finished with 772 yards and seven touchdowns. In the postseason win vs. Indianapolis on Jan. 11, 2014, Blount set ran for 166 yards and set a franchise record with four rushing touchdowns.

Walker, 24, was signed by the Patriots from the Carolina practice squad on Sept. 27. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Carolina out of Oklahoma on April 30, 2013. The 6-foot-1, 340-pounder spent part of the 2013 season on the Carolina practice squad and went to training camp with Carolina this past summer. He was released on Aug. 30 and signed to the Carolina practice squad on Aug. 31. Walker played in five games with one start for the Patriots and accumulated 10 total tackles and one sack.

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