The NFL Network reported Tuesday that the Giants originally thought Blount would return to the Super Bowl champions. But the New England Patriots have since bulked up its running back stable with the signings of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead, making the outlook murky for the eight-year veteran. The Patriots also have Dion Lewis and Super Bowl hero James White in its backfield.
ESPN confirmed the Giants' interest in Blount.
Blount led the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns last season. The Giants have a total of 11 rushing scores in the last two seasons. The G-Men cut veteran Dancing With the Stars contestant Rashad Jennings in February and currently have Paul Perkins atop its depth chart.
Blount's only other season with at least 1,000 rushing yards came during his rookie campaign for the 2010 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, he had failed to eclipse 781 yards on the ground until his breakout 1,161-yard campaign in 2016. He also played briefly for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, before returning to the Patriots in 2015.
Jennings led the Giants with 593 rushing yards and three scores last season while Perkins plowed for 456 yards and didn't score any touchdowns in the pass-happy offense.
Blount has the same agent as Giants star Odell Beckham, Jr., under Elite Athlete Management.
According to NJ.com, the Giants have $9,483,626 in salary cap room.