The Bucs have heavily addressed wide receiver and offensive line this offseason. Conceivably, running back could be next. Would that mean the return of Leonard Fournette?

Tampa Bay still has a couple holes to fill at running back. Only third-year player Ke’Shawn Vaughn is under contract for the 2022 season. There are a couple of different avenues the Bucs could go to at the position, but another reunion with Fournette would be welcomed.

General manager Jason Licht addressed this possibility when speaking on Monday. He’s open to it, but not guaranteeing anything either.

“I’d say that we’ll continue talks with a lot of our players,” Licht said. “We’ll do the best we can. We’d love to have Leonard back.”

The RB Free Agency Market

It’ll really come down to the money with Fournette. He’s hitting the free agency market for the second year in a row, but isn’t exactly finding the type of contract he would like. Running backs Cordarrelle Patterson, Chase Edmonds and James Connor have already signed deals ranging from five to seven million per year.

If Fournette is looking for that, it might be too rich for the Bucs. They’ve made a lot of moves to open up cap space, but with a need to re-sign Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh and others, it might be at Fournette’s expense.

Fournette reportedly is meeting with the Patriots on Monday. But that’s his first visit of free agency. The longer that he’s a free agent, the better the Bucs of retaining him.

Tampa Bay will most likely draft at least one running back in April. They’ll still need to add a third down back and another to put on the depth chart. Vaughn showed flashes last year towards the end of the season, but the Bucs would like a competition for the lead running back spot heading into next season.

There’s no question that the Bucs like Fournette and he’s enjoyed his time in Tampa Bay. A return to the red and pewter can’t be ruled out. But if he departed for another team with a better deal, it wouldn’t be shocking.

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skyrider
skyrider
3 months ago

Nah…I think we need to move on from Fournette

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  skyrider
3 months ago

You think wrong.

drdneast
drdneast
3 months ago

Fournette…Fournette…Fournette! Who can forget the call.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
3 months ago

Bu bu bu bu but .. I thought that Scott Reynolds and PR were “reporting” just last week that they “heard rumors” that the Bucs wanted to get rid of Fournette, having soured on him, or some other bullshit. But here’s an actual quote from a real live Bucs executive says something quite different. My my my … you mean there’s a the difference between rumors and other bullshit, and actual, you know, “reporting news”, accompanied with actual quotes from actual Bucs? Who’d a ever thunk it? OF COURSE it depends upon coming to terms between Fournette and the Bucs… Read more »

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Joseph
Joseph
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 months ago

As much as you complain about this site I don’t understand why you keep coming here. The joy of complaining? lol I love this site guess it isnt for everyone.

fredster
fredster
Reply to  Joseph
3 months ago

I heard that. NaplesAssHat. Lol. It’s always Complain, complain about PR and I know more than everyone else. He should start his own Bucs site he’s so much damn smarter than everyone else. Can call it the “NaplesAssHat report”

Dave
Dave
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

He just likes to hear himself talk. Any time PR puts out an article he doesn’t agree with(which is basically every other article), he posts about how it’s fake news. No, it’s called the nature of the business. He doesn’t seem to grasp how football journalism works. The Bucs like LF the same as every GM in the league likes every player. Every single halfway decent player in the league is wanted, at the right price. If LF asks for 7 MIL for 5 years, we’ll see how much they really want him back. If the price fits, they’ll resign… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
3 months ago

No – shithead, who obviously cannot read. I prefer actual real hard news, as this site used to provide regularly until two years ago. But the asshats like you, Fredster, Chefboho and others much prefer rumor mongering that any lazy fake reporter can engage in, and character assassination of our Super Bowl winning, Division Champion winning coaches.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

Fredster the fuck face yakking again, we see, proving your bona fides as a sour assed idiot who brings no commentary of any value whatsoever to the comment pages here. Unlike me and some others who aren’t, thankfully, like you.

Last edited 3 months ago by Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Joseph
3 months ago

I am attempting to shame Scott Reynolds into restoring the former newsworthiness of this site. You must be a newbie or you’d realized how much PR has declined. It used to be a very valuable Bucs news site with lots of first person interviews with actual, real, live Bucs people.

But I can tell you prefer mediocrity and rumor mongering over hard news.

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 months ago

PR writers do gossip column is very irritating. It reflects badly on the writer too.

Eddie
Eddie
3 months ago

Not concern about New England, king of low balling

twspin
twspin
3 months ago

Sure Licht, you would luv to have Lenny back..on the cheap! You spent his money on another wide receiver now didn’t you? Go get that paper Lenny. I’m sure some team out there will pay you.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  twspin
3 months ago

Jason Licht has not been successful by being a cheap ass as you charge. I don’t know if the Buc and Lenny can work a deal or not, but Lenny will play for reasonable money somewhere, and the Bucs will have to pay reasonable money to someone to do what Lenny did for the Bucs … which by the way, Tom Brady is very much wanting to see preserved. There is no other three down running back on the Bucs roster now, and any proven veteran three down running back is not going to sign for cheap money.

Dman
Dman
3 months ago

For the money he’s looking for just don’t see that with us. At some point we’ve got to build the D line.