Ahh, the art of negotiating.
All this time, it seemed like LeGarrette Blount was destined to be a member of the New York Giants.
After all, his age (30) certainly wouldn’t warrant them to pay much in order to acquire him, and the team also desperately needed a goal line back after scoring just six touchdowns on the ground last season.
But the fact that they went ahead and drafted Clemson’s Wayne Gallman in the fourth round showed just how uninterested they really were in Blount.
And although general manager Jerry Reese admitted after the draft that the team would “keep all options open” when it came to adding Blount to the roster, it seems like that was all smoke and mirrors.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Giants “never really made a serious play for Blount.”
He also added in a Snapchat video that he heard “silence” when it came to their interest in the running back after the draft process.
So, why did they keep their name out there?
Well, even though the Philadelphia Eagles were never really mentioned much in the conversation for Blount over the last few weeks, I’m sure the Giants heard rumblings of their interest behind closed doors.
And so, if you can mess around with your division rival, who has the least amount of remaining cap space in the NFL, and force them to pay a little more than what they should have for a running back, why not do it?
New York apparently gave Blount a “lowball” offer and it seems as though it might have been done for the reason I just stated.
Already feeling comfortable about their running back situation, the Giants used the leverage they had to play mind games with one of their most hated rivals.
And it worked.
Paul Perkins will head into the season as their starter, with a group of Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa, Gallman, Shaun Draughn right behind him.
Yesterday, we gave you an update on the health of Darkwa and Vereen – click here to read that.