The Buccaneers came into the offseason with 20 players that were set to become free agents in some capacity. On Wednesday one name was scratched off that list when Tampa Bay gave reserve running back Bobby Rainey a one-year extension that will keep him in a Bucs uniform until the end of the 2014 season.
Buccaneers.com senior writer and editor Scott Smith explained the deal
that the Bucs made for Rainey, “Technically, Rainey's new deal is an extension of his 2013 contract, since that pact is still in effect until next March 11 and he had not yet been extended a tender offer as a pending exclusive rights free agent (ERFA). Since free agents of that type can only negotiate with their original team (once tendered), Rainey was almost certain to return in 2014 anyway, but Wednesday's deal takes care of the issue in a less-complicated manner.”
Rainey, who began the 2013 season in Cleveland, got an unexpected chance to start for the Buccaneers and in the process helped establish some very valuable depth at the running back position heading into the 2014 campaign.
Rainey first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. He began the season on Baltimore's practice squad before an October promotion to the active roster, but he was on injured reserve during the team's run to the championship in Super Bowl XLVII. Rainey went to training camp with the Ravens again in 2013 but was waived during the final roster cuts and subsequently claimed off waivers by the Browns. He got into six games in Cleveland before his waiver in October, rushing 11 times for 35 yards.Part of this report is courtesy of Buccaneers.com
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