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LeGarrette Blount goes Tweet to Tweet with Richard Sherman

Posted by David D'Onofrio  March 13, 2014 11:30 AM

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The admiration between Aqib Talib and LeGarrette Blount was evident from the early days of their reuniting in Foxborough last spring, with Talib vouching for fellow ex-Buccaneer Blount with Bill Belichick before a draft day trade with Tampa Bay, then with Blount entertaining Talib while staying in the cornerback's guest house, then as they spoke about one another as each played a starring role at different points in the Patriots' season. So it was no surprise that when Talib signed a massive contract with the Broncos late Tuesday, Blount was happy to see his friend get paid.

All well and good. A little brotherly love. And Blount's a free agent himself, so Talib's defection to Denver, specifically, probably didn't bother him nearly as much as it did most Patriots fans. He's in the process of trying to get paid himself, be it in New England or somewhere more generous.

Except that when the line "BEST CORNER IN THE LEAGUE" is typed, antennas go up. People start to pay attention. And given the ego it takes to play that particular position at an elite level, those people include the corners themselves. So, after defending himself with a few folks who wanted to argue, and retweeting a series of others who agreed with him, the name of none other than Richard Sherman was evoked.

And, as is Sherman's way, when his name entered the conversation -- so did he. Initially it was mild, with the Seahawks' star Tweeting at Blount, "hahaha I'm just messing with u man.... Bored." But Blount held firm to his belief.

Sherman turned his attention to the NFL Network's Albert Breer for a while after that, lured in by Breer calling the since-Patriot-acquired Darrelle Revis the best corner in the league -- Sherman and Revis chatted about that on Twitter last year, incidentally -- but the next morning Sherman circled back to Blount's stance on his buddy, and that's when the fun really began.

To that, unfortunately for the Patriots, Blount had no comeback -- and so that's where the conversation ended. For now, at least.

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