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Bucs Deal Blount To Patriots For Demps, Seventh Rounder

Bucs Deal Blount To Patriots For Demps, Seventh Rounder

Last summer, the Bucs had shown a lot of interest in Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps once he landed back on US soil and announced his intentions to play in the NFL.

New England was the team Demps chose, even though he landed on the IR shortly after signing with the Patriots. Ultimately, the Bucs got their man and then some, also acquiring the 229th overall pick in the Draft.

A year ago, the Buccaneers moved back into the first round in order to select Boise State RB Doug Martin, who ended his rookie campaign as a Pro Bowler. At the time, there was a lot of speculation that Blount's days in the Pewter and Red were numbered as result of the pick.

In 2012, Blount played sparingly in 13 games, rushing for 151 yards on 41 carries after posting over 1,700 yards combined in his first two seasons in Tampa Bay. 

Demps adds speed and versatility as a RB and return specialist who also has decent hands. 

Bucs' GM Mark Dominik emphasized that the trade is specifically for the seventh-round pick they also acquired in the deal. Dominik noted that Demps is interested in continuing his track pursuits and that the team asked for his rights in the negotiations.  

 

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