The Bucs have closely addressed huge receiver and offensive line this offseason. Conceivably, operating again could possibly be subsequent. Would that imply the return of Leonard Fournette?
Tampa Bay nonetheless has a pair holes to fill at operating again. Solely third-year participant Ke’Shawn Vaughn is underneath contract for the 2022 season. There are a few completely different avenues the Bucs may go to on the place, however one other reunion with Fournette can be welcomed.
Common supervisor Jason Licht addressed this chance when talking on Monday. He’s open to it, however not guaranteeing something both.
“I’d say that we’ll proceed talks with quite a lot of our gamers,” Licht mentioned. “We’ll do the most effective we will. We’d like to have Leonard again.”
The RB Free Company Market
It’ll actually come right down to the cash with Fournette. He’s hitting the free company marketplace for the second 12 months in a row, however isn’t precisely discovering the kind of contract he would really like. Working backs Cordarrelle Patterson, Chase Edmonds and James Connor have already signed offers starting from 5 to seven million per 12 months.
If Fournette is in search of that, it could be too wealthy for the Bucs. They’ve made quite a lot of strikes to open up cap house, however with a must re-sign Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh and others, it could be at Fournette’s expense.
Fournette reportedly is assembly with the Patriots on Monday. However that’s his first go to of free company. The longer that he’s a free agent, the higher the Bucs of retaining him.
Tampa Bay will almost definitely draft at the very least one operating again in April. They’ll nonetheless want so as to add a 3rd down again and one other to placed on the depth chart. Vaughn confirmed flashes final 12 months in direction of the tip of the season, however the Bucs would really like a contest for the lead operating again spot heading into subsequent season.
There’s no query that the Bucs like Fournette and he’s loved his time in Tampa Bay. A return to the purple and pewter can’t be dominated out. But when he departed for an additional crew with a greater deal, it wouldn’t be surprising.