As the free agency period is set to begin, the Tampa bay Buccaneers made a move by securing the player who was their most consistent backfield presence when given the ball in 2017, as they have signed running back Peyton Barber.

The deal is for one year and worth $630,000. Barber was an exclusive rights free agent, and this deal will make him a restricted free agent in 2019.

Barber, who will be going into his third season in the NFL at 24 years old, was buried on the Bucs depth chart until injuries and poor play above him allowed for him to get his chance midway through the 2017 season. Barber finished 2017 with 423 yards on 108 carries with three rushing touchdowns. He also finished the year as the team’s starting running back.

Barber will likely compete for carries again with a new crop of running backs in Tampa Bay in 2018.

12 COMMENTS

  1. He is not likely to become the next Le’Veon Bell, but he may become a very good starter. They should try to sign a player like him for five years at about two million per year with incentives that could triple his pay in any year if he meets incentives. Even if it does not work out, with two years guaranteed, they only have four million dead cap, and he has a decent set up for a long time if he is wise with his money. And, any/every year he really plays big, he brings in a bonanza of six million which is still a bargain for the team.

  2. I think they should’ve included incentives like:

    If he wins the starting RB job it increases
    Certain # of TD’s it increases, etc…

    Give him something more to play for, cause at this point, he makes it though training camp injury free, but a drafted rookie RB or FA RB takes the starting job, he just coasts the season on the bench, stays healthy and makes the same $, to maybe leave next year.

    I’d rather see if there’s more in the tank and give him some incentives to try and reach.

    I actually feel the same about every players contact.

    • True… I think he’s earned the shot to make some good money. Barber is a grinder who waited patiently and put in work until his number was called…then he actually showed up to play! Which is more than can be said for the rest of our RB stable last year