The Bucs want to re-sign running back Leonard Fournette, but have competition from another team in the NFC. MMQB’s Albert Breer is reporting that Fournette is being sought after by Seattle.

But Seattle isn’t the only team that is interested in stealing Fournette away from Tampa Bay. New England is also in the mix, according to Breer.

Breer reports that Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is putting on the full court press to have “Playoff Lenny” return to Tampa Bay to defend the team’s Super Bowl championship. The Bucs are scheduled to talk with Fournette’s representatives today.

Fournette split time with Ronald Jones II during the regular season, rushing for 367 yards and six touchdowns, while averaging 3.8 yards per carry, but came on during the playoffs where he started four straight games in the postseason, including the Super Bowl. He signed a one-year $2.5 million deal in Tampa Bay last September after he was cut by Jacksonville, and set a franchise record with a touchdown in each postseason game, including the Super Bowl LV win over Kansas City. The LSU product rushed for 300 yards and three TDs while averaging 4.7 yards per carry in four postseason games.

Fournette brings value as three-down player, as he took over as the Bucs’ third-down back during the season, catching 36 passes for 233 yards (6.5 avg.). He added 18 receptions for 142 yards (8.2 avg.) and one touchdown in the postseason.

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The Wall
4 months ago

I would pass on Fournette. We need a back we can count on every game. Too hot and cold for me. He is also a mixed bag in the passing game. Let’s move on.

Vinsane38
Reply to  The Wall
4 months ago

Agreed, unless price is right.
There will be some emotional attachment to Len tho, esp. if NE is calling for him.

Naplesfan
Reply to  The Wall
4 months ago

He’s better than ROJO. His play only appeared less effective in the early part of the season because, well, he only landed with the Bucs at the end of pre-season, had no reps with the first team because ROJO was the Annointed One by Arians. Once Playoff Lenny got some reps after ROJO went down to injury, he proved by far the better running back. No question.
Vastly better receiver, better hands, greatly outplayed ROJO after the bye week throughout the entire playoffs, where he was the single most productive offensive player in the entire league.

Last edited 4 months ago by Naplesfan
Buc-in-Philly Fan
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

I disagree with your position on Fournette being “better than ROJO” and “he proved by far the better running back. No question“.

There is a question. ROJO had more yards. He was more explosive. He was more consistent. The only areas ROJO lacked were in pass catching and in Nov Fournette actually had more drops than ROJO.

I appreciate your opinion but I completely disagree. I would prefer to have ROJO start AND be given the opportunity to run it 20-25 times a game.

Eddie
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

Better hands? I distinctly remember he dropped a few easy screen pass from Brady. For better hands, see James White, free agent from NE

Naplesfan
4 months ago

Tom Brady is a persuasive guy. I think Playoff Lenny will be happier playing with TB-12 and the Buccaneers crew than anywhere else.
Seattle and New England are not happy places these days.
Hopefully the Bucs offer to Leonard is fair and reasonable, even if a bit lower than the would-be poachers in Seattle and New England.
Fournette was the single most productive player in the entire NFL playoffs in 2021 – more all purpose yards than any other player on any team. He ain’t called “Playoff Lenny” for nuthin!

Runole
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

agree on the Seattle and NE take

Buc76
4 months ago

He’s in his prime. I would keep him if you can. If its close equal money he should stay here. No state income tax has to be in play. Russell Wilson is a coach killer and cry baby candy ass. He has ruined that team. That’s a dead end. Bellichick wants to one up Brady any way he can. They will be better but not Super Bowl Bound. This is Fournette’s best option.

Runole
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

Spot on!

Eddie
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

Didn;t someone in this board concluded that the no state income tax advantage really is not much? Can;t remember the detail but mostly because players are taxed in accordance to local tax code based on where the games were being played. So yes, in play, but maybe not as much?

Keith Henderson
4 months ago

It would be great to get Fournette back. Have you heard anything about Suh? If the Bucs can resign both of those guys they really could go after best available in the draft.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

I would like to see him return but there are so many vet RBs out there that can fit this offense. James White could probably be had for half the money Lenny may receive IMO.

Eddie
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

And much better hands; very familiar with Tom’s playing tendencies

twspin
4 months ago

I think Fournette leaves. There are many other backs available and there will be a good one available in the draft. The Seahawks will give him more than the Bucs.

jongruden
4 months ago

Let Fournette go, Jones is a better runner, I know people think Fournette is great cause he had a great post season that it makes them forget how mediocre he was in regular season and how great Jones was during regular Season. We still have Vaughn a d we could sign another back much cheaper like James White, we don’t have a ton of cap room and we still need to sign
Sub, Succup, and possibly Brate

Eddie
Reply to  jongruden
4 months ago

Agreed

76bucsfan46
4 months ago

Lenny did a great job in the playoffs and we thank him for that great effort. But I’ve got JW coming to Tampa in the draft to be ROJO running mate.

plopes808
4 months ago

Lenny would have to be willing to take a good amount less money to stay here. Stranger things have happened though