The Detroit Lions needed a running back [VIDEO], and it looks like they got one. The Lions [VIDEO]have reportedly reached a deal with journeyman LeGarrette Blount. Blount, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, has also played for the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Just 48 hours ago, the news was spreading like wildfire that Detroit was on the verge of signing former Colts running back Frank Gore. For whatever reason, that didn't pan out, and that may have just worked to Detroit's advantage.

Quinn using old Patriots connections

The Lions were dead last in rushing the football last season.

Hopefully, Blount will be a big reason they turn that around in 2018. According to Pro Football Talk, Blount signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Detroit on Friday. Before meeting with Blount, the Lions also had interest in DeMarco Murray, Jonathan Stewart, and Frank Gore. In the end, the Lions came to terms with Blount, and that may be due to Detroit’s new head coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn.

Patricia coached the defense in New England when Blount was the Patriots running back, and they reportedly had a great relationship. Blount even tweeted a big congrats to his former coach when he signed the deal to become the new head man in Detroit.

Now the two are reunited and Lions fans are hoping that Blount can be a key figure in helping out the nonexistent running game and more importantly, give Matt Stafford more options on offense.

Add Blount, win Super Bowl?

Now that the Lions added Blount, they are going to win #Super Bowl 53. If Blount's track record holds up, they have a good shot. As indicated on Pride of Detroit's Twitter feed, Blount has inked one-year deals with two different teams over the past two seasons. Both of those teams went on to win football's greatest prize! Can he help the Lions make it three in a row?

In 2016, Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, and New England won the Super Bowl. He did the same thing last season with Philadelphia and the result was another Super Bowl victory. How about this season with the Lions? Hey, never say "never." The Eagles were a 40/1 long shot last August to win Super Bowl 52. Ironically, the Lions have the same odds at the moment to win it in 2019.

The eight-year veteran is still one of the toughest runners in the game and you know he will have a chip on his shoulder to prove to the Eagles and the rest of the league that he still has a lot left in the tank. #Detroit Lions #NFL