UPDATED 5:10 PM: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed restricted free agent running back Peyton Barber to a one-year contract believed to be between $2 million – $3 million. Barber was originally tendered at the original level compensation of $2 million to comply with the 4:00 p.m. tender deadline for restricted free agents, but was able to come to terms with the team and sign the one-year deal shortly thereafter.

ESPN.com’s Jenna Laine reported Barber’s contract numbers.


The Bucs had hoped to sign a multi-year extension with Barber instead of using the one-year tender, but failed to reach an agreement. Complicating matters was the fact that Barber recently fired his agent and has a new representative. Barber will play under the one-year deal and then be an unrestricted free agent in 2020.

Barber, who was Tampa Bay’s leading rusher in 2018 with a career high 871 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 234 carries (3.7 avg.), is expected to be the starter for the Bucs again in 2019. He heavily praised by new head coach Bruce Arians at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“I love him,” Arians said. “When you watch him on tape you don’t see his 230 (lbs), you would think he’s a 205-pound running back because he’s got great feet. Not every back’s going to be a homerun hitter, but if he gets those 10-15 yard runs, breaking tackles, power runner, punishing runner, that’s kind of how I like to start. When we’re building something, that’s the kind I like to build around.”

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  1. Not sure how we’re supposed to be any more effective at running the football, when we have the same o-line and same running backs from last year. Maybe overpaying sub-par players will work.

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  2. Well, they got the value right. If they lose Barber and don’t get any draft compensation in the upcoming draft since he was tendered at the lower value, they still have Andre Ellington.

    No big deal either way. Remember the year after Earnest Graham left? Me either.

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  3. I’m hoping that the subtraction of George Warhop as OL coach is an addition for the offensive line! That was one of the many assistant coach positions that Koetter should’ve changed out as he was a holdover from Lovie Dovie’s staff

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  4. Barber is more than capable of getting 1000 plus yards IF this O line can block better. That’s a big IF. They need more talent imo. Hoping they can get Jones to perform this year too with his speed. We need that guy than can take it to the house.

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  5. Exactly. Plenty of other RB’s out there that can replace Barber’s production, and possibly exceed it. BA may have shown Barber love, just like he did DJax, but doesn’t mean he’s opposed to replacing him either. While Barber is a familiar name and a good story, he’s far from irreplaceable.

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  6. Yep. Addition by subtraction on Warhop.

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  7. We’ve always have talent, just not the best coaching…we can also make excuses after excuses…but bottom line is we need better run blocking…LeVeon Bell isn’t getting 1000 yards with the Koetter scheme and execution…that’s real talk

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  8. Welcome back Barber! I love his hard nosed running style.

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  9. If the Defense can somehow keep the opponent from scoring at will and Santos make FG’s over 85%, perhaps our entire running game will be utilized more and be more effective.

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