The Tampa Buccaneers continued to reshape their roster on Wednesday night by signing running back Leonard Fournette. The Jacksonville Jaguars waived Fournette on Monday.
The deal is for one year and could be worth up to 3.5 million with incentives. Fournette will join LeSean McCoy, who signed with Tampa Bay a month ago, Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale. Also, the Buccaneers drafted two running backs in the draft Ke’ Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais.
Jones was named the starting running back when training camp began. McCoy has picked up the playbook fast and has been used as a three-down back in camp. Ogunbowale was the third-down back and captain of the special teams last year.
It will be interesting to see where Fournette will fit in. I could see him as a goal-line, short-yardage back for Tampa Bay. Also, he could be used in the four-minute offense when its time to eat up some clock. The Buccs running backs struggled over the past couple of years, averaging just 3.7 yards per rush.
In three seasons in Jacksonville, Fournette rushed for 2,631 yards, 17 rushing touchdowns. Last year he ran for 1,152 yards and also had a career-high 76 catches for 522 yards. Fournette will help Tampa Bay’s backfield with his power and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.