Bucs keeping LeGarrette Blount as backup

Very quietly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed potential restricted free agent LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract extension.

The team has announced the move. But a source said Blount will receive $1.25 million in base salary. He also can earn a $350,000 reporting bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus.

Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards as a rookie in 2010 and also was the starting running back in 2011. But, when coach Greg Schiano came in last year, it quickly became obvious he wasn’t enamored with Blount. Schiano immediately talked about the need for Blount to get better with ball security.

When the Bucs drafted Doug Martin in the first round, they talked about how he would be an all-purpose back. That turned out to be true as Martin instantly became the feature back and Blount faded into obscurity. Blount carried only 41 times for 151 yards.

But it’s smart for the Bucs to keep Blount around for at least one more year. He’s young, he’s healthy and he gives the Bucs someone that can step in and handle a lot of carries if Martin gets injured.