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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are re-signing running back Leonard Fournette to a one-year, $3.25 million deal worth up to $4 million, per Ian Rapoport. This brings back a solid running back tandem of Fournette and Ronald Jones II as the top two guys in the backfield for the Bucs.

Reports came out that Fournette had been in discussions with both the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, but Tom Brady was able to help recruit him back to Tampa for another season.

Many believed that Fournette would be the odd man out when it came to Tampa Bay re-signing a long list of their best players, with the thought that the asking price would be too high for the running back position. This is just another example of the tremendous job that GM Jason Licht and the front office have done to keep so many talented players around and still stay under the cap.

Fournette made his mark in Bucs history with a great playoff run on the way to winning Super Bowl LV. Once he took the starting job from Jones II after the Bucs second rounder came down with COVID and a separate quad injury, Fournette rushed for 300 yards and three touchdowns in four playoff games and also added 148 receiving yards and a score. The run he went on coined the moniker “Playoff Lenny” which then grew into”Lombardi Lenny” after the Bucs’ Super Bowl win.

While the Bucs keep their best two running backs on the roster, they may not necessarily be done acquiring players at that position. LeSean McCoy is not expected to return to the team this season, which opens up another spot that the Bucs might address in the draft as they would still like a player with more receiving ability. Currently the Bucs have Fournette, Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn under contract.

Since the new NFL season has started, the Bucs have been able to re-sign Fournette, Shaq Barrett, Ryan Succop, Ndamukong Suh and Rob Gronkowski already. That leaves just wide receiver Antonio Brown as the only unsigned starter from the Bucs’ Super Bowl Championship team.

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SappAttack
6 months ago

Oh shit! Playoff MF’ing Lenny.

Dave
6 months ago

I mean it’s hard to argue the price. But I would have rathered a cheap pass catching back like White, Williams, Duke Johnson, etc..we already have the much better early down back in Rojo. Our needs at RB, are for a good pass catcher, who can block. Fournette is not that. He’s about as bad as they get with the ball in his hands. Can’t make anyone miss, or create YAC with the ball in his hands. Resigning him even at 4 MIL, is a fail IMO. Especially if we go Into week 1 with Rojo, Fournette, and Vaughn as… Read more »

Buc76
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Name one fumble Fournette had. Did he have any? I can’t remember any

tiapanda
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

No. Zero fumbles. RoJo only had 2, so that’s pretty damn good for the backfield. Also, catch % in 2020 – Alvin Kamara 77.6% – Lenny Fournette 76.6%. And we still need a 4th back to replace Shady, so this doesn’t preclude us from getting a pure pass-catching back.

drdneast
Reply to  tiapanda
6 months ago

If the Bucs don’t draft a pass catching RB look for Rex Burkhead to wander through here.

Dave
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

Weird. I don’t EVER remember mentioning a single word about him fumbling. Maybe you should read my post again

tiapanda
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

If Brady had wanted White he would already be a Buc. TB12 wanted Fournette and that’s good enough for me. He was making Packers and Chiefs DB’s miss and made 2 of the most clutch catches in Bucs history, the TD catch vs the Saints that gave us the lead for good and the the 4th down grab against the Packers that set up Miller’s TD.

drdneast
Reply to  tiapanda
6 months ago

Well said tiapanda.

Dave
Reply to  tiapanda
6 months ago

So 2 or 3 plays can make you forget about the other 16 games where he was miserable? Well apparently you’re totally fine with a player stinking up the joint all season, so long as he shows up and makes a couple good plays in the playoffs. Call me crazy, but I’d rather a player that shows up and plays well for the ENTIRE season, and not just a few plays here and there in the postseason

Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Gee, whose opinion do we value on these matters of personnel contributions to the team … Tom Brady, Greatest Of All Time NFL player … or the anonymous Fournette-hating “Dave”.
Uhhh … we all go with Tom Brady.
You’re incredibly obtuse and warped.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Im warped? Lol. No, your view on Fournette vs Rojo is warped. Almost bordering delusional

Chiizy613
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

THANK GOD, you are not a GM.

Dave
Reply to  Chiizy613
6 months ago

Congratulations, neither are you

Runole
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Yet he and Licht disagree with your opinion. Score one for Ciizy613!lol

Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Anybody but you, thank God!

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

At least I don’t think Leonard Fournette is some great RB. The fact that you do, makes your opinion irrelevant

bucballer
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

That’s what that last spot at RB is for! Bucs know what they need as does Brady.

BucRy
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Ahh yes, keep posting these dumb posts like you usually do. Brady wanted Fournette back which is more important than what internet gm Dave wanted lmao.

Last edited 6 months ago by BucRy
Dave
Reply to  BucRy
6 months ago

Yeah because you ever post anything useful 👍🏻

BucRy
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Don’t need to, I just read for the most part instead of trying to look smart. You think white is better 🤣🤣🤣 clown

Dave
Reply to  BucRy
6 months ago

Ahhh nope, you post plenty, and give your opinion plenty. Jesus, what an asshole I am. What was I thinking to have my own opinion on something. Maybe I should just be a sheep like you, and say every single move the team makes is right 😂. And weird, I never remember saying that Fournette is better than White. However, I do remember saying he’s a better fit for what this team needs. We already have an early down back( and a better one at that), in Rojo. We DON’T have a good pass catching back though. Hence why I’d… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Dave
BucRy
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Love it. Look how mad you are 🤡🤡🤡

Dave
Reply to  BucRy
5 months ago

Weird, you can see through a computer screen. But based on your original comment, sure looks like you’re the one that’s mad 😂

Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Are you in a contest with the Sombrero Guy for the title of most obnoxious and annoying troll on Pewter Report? You are clearly in first place so far.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Nope that contest wasn’t worth starting because you already take the cake with your laughably pathetic LF analysis 😂😂😂

Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Fournette is much better than RoJo. When he was finally given the opportunity to produce with lots of plays and lots of carries and receptions, he performed above expectation, while RoJo was very weak in the games that mattered the most – in December through February.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

No he’s not. He blows. Every single stat humanly possible favors Rojo. The recency bias caused by Fournette, and his 2 “decent” playoff games is pathetic. I guess the bar is set pretty low around here. Now imagine Rodgers marched down the field and scored a game winning TD for the Packers, and we don’t make the SB, EVERYONE would be talking about how little we got from our RB’s in the passing game. The regular season matters too

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

I wouldn’t call it a fail Dave, but I hear you on the entire thing. If I have to see Fournette miss 1 more blocking assignment, or bobble or drop a pass, my TV might end up like the Lombardi trophy if Brate had dropped it lol. Im good with this, because it lessens the chance of drafting a rb in round 1, and gives a viable option if Rojo goes down with an injury. I think they still might draft a rb, but a more Felton/Carter/Gainwell type.

Naplesfan
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

Fournette led not just the Bucs, but the entire NFL in all purpose yards in the playoffs.
And you’re bitching?
SMH squared!

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Naples, you as well as anyone this site knows, that the only weakness on this offense last year was a pass catching rb. Shady couldn’t do it, and while Lenny did his best, he left much to be desired. I wont discount the run he went on in the playoffs, but he’s not a pure pass catching/blocking back. It’s something the Bucs have sorely needed.

Sneedy16
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

We literally keep 4 running backs in our system, plus we have no clue how well Vaughn given a full offseason to learn the system. We still have cap space to sign White if need be, but right now the focus is the core players that got us to the Super Bowl. The rest will be a bonus.

drdneast
Reply to  Sneedy16
6 months ago

White has already re-signed with the Pats. Try to keep up.

NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

LOL

Eddie
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

True

Naplesfan
Reply to  NaplesFan2.0
6 months ago

Dude – Fournette caught 18 of 21 targets and a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl winning playoff run, more than any other running back on not only the Bucs but on all playoff teams in 2021! How much more pass catching do you think it takes to be a “pass catching running back”? SMH cubed! Who do you think understands the contributions of Leonard Fournette to our offense better than the combination of Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, and Jason Licht – all of whom are ecstatic to have this “non pass catching running back” (as you ridiculous Fournette haters… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Naplesfan
NaplesFan2.0
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

How many of those passes he caught were clean catches with big YAC on them? How many did he drop/bobble? How many protections did he screw up? I’m not a Lenny hater, but his skill set is repetitive to Rojo. 2 backs that can run, but neither can protect our soon to be 44 year old qb, or cleanly catch a pass. Like I said, I dont hate it, but there needs to be an addition to make the rb room complete.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

OMG, he led the “entire NFL”, well why didn’t you say so. We should have given him $40mil for leading the entire NFL. He’s much better than Kamara, Henry, all of them.

drdneast
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

I’m not a big Lenny fan either but I was apparently watching different playoff games than you were. Did you actually see the the TD run against the Packers where he not only made tacklers miss but also ran over two. What are you smoking,

Dave
Reply to  drdneast
6 months ago

Dude that was ONE run in ONE game. The recency bias with you people on here is friggen insane. So let’s ignore the other 16 games where he sucked right? Or the other 3 seasons of his career where he also sucked. He’s sucked every single step of his NFL career. 1 or 2 “decent” games doesn’t change that. Career 3.9 YPC, and 7.3 YPR. And he can’t pass block. So if he’s a below average runner, a below average receiver, and a below average blocker, what good does he do? So because he plays at a slightly above league… Read more »

Runole
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

Wait until the new camp with less Covid restrictions in place. Learning the entire offense and executing it will be huge difference this season for LF.

Dave
Reply to  Runole
6 months ago

You’re making excuses for him dude. Brady came here with the same “covid restrictions”, on a new team, with a new HC, OC, OLine, and teammates for the first time in his 20 year career, and he only had a career year, and led us to a SB victory. So I don’t want to hear anything about the covid restrictions, and no training camp, and so on. Fact remains, the next great season that LF has, will be his first great season. Because he’s been below average his entire NFL career. 3.9 YPC, 7.3 YPR, and a below average blocker.… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Dave
Runole
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

Not excuses just facts Did you forget LF leading JAX in the playoffs 2017? Fact the BUCS were a team in transition with many first year parts on offense. That is reality. Quit using fantasy football as your GM wanna be template. Football is a team sport. The Bucs Offense was developing the whole season.

Dave
Reply to  Runole
5 months ago

It’s really bizarre how everyone seems to want to hang their hat on his playoff performances, essentially saying that his horrible regular season stats don’t matter. I can’t believe how many people are seriously defending LF, like he’s some great RB or something. Lol. I feel like I’m in the twilight zone. And what about my comment has any relevance to fantasy football. In fact it’s the complete opposite. I don’t care about stats, I care about having a 3rd down back that can catch, pick up yards after the catch, block, and keep the chains moving. All traits, of… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
Dave
Reply to  Runole
5 months ago

And also, are you referring to the one good game(out of 3) in the 2017 playoffs that he had Lol. In 3 playoff games that year, he had 70 cry for 242 yds(3.5), 4 TD’s(3 of the 4 in his one good game), 7 rec for 44 yds(6.3). Both of those stats are right in line with his horrible career averages of 3.9 YPC and 7.3 YPR

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rook0429
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

NE payed 2.5 million (all guaranteed) for their pass catching RB that can not run the ball anywhere near what Lenny does. At that contract price, Fournette represents better value.

Dave
Reply to  rook0429
6 months ago

He’s nowhere near as good of a runner as LF is? Hmmm. The stats say otherwise. If we’re talking about 200+ carries, yeah LF is obviously better suited for that. But on a per carry basis, Whites better across the board(as is, almost every other RB in the NFL). White is better in YPC, 1st down/carry, TD/carry, broken tackle/carry is equal. And those are just the rushing stats. EVERY single receiving stat goes to White. So what exactly does LF do better than White? Other than be more equipped to handle 250-300 touches(granted, he does absolutely NOTHING with those 250-300… Read more »

Buc76
6 months ago

good move. Forget the Najee Harris thing and trade back to get more picks and more depth. It seems that’s what Licht is going to do

BucRy
6 months ago

Didn’t think he’d come back..I wonder if the bucs now chooses to pass on a rb this year in the draft.

Naplesfan
Reply to  BucRy
6 months ago

It may still make sense to draft another runner in the middle to late rounds. Injuries are a big limiting factor for running backs.

BucRy
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

I thought that too, but My thinking is that they’d want a veteran to play as the pass catcher for us rather than hoping a draft pick can be just that for us. I’m just not too sure who the Bucs could get to fill that role in the draft. Any names you thinking?

Iwillpartyhard
Reply to  BucRy
6 months ago

I’m with you on grabbing a vet as the 4th back. Vaughn was one of the best pass catching backs in last years draft, let’s see how he does this year with a full training camp before we decide to draft another RB. We need depth in so many other places and we should use our first 4 picks on that. Fournette coming back makes drafting a RB this year a waste of a pick for a win now team.

Runole
Reply to  Iwillpartyhard
5 months ago

let’s see how he does this year with a full training camp

agree Best player available at 32.

Madman
6 months ago

Beautiful! The man brings an attitude. Now draft for trench depth.

drdneast
Reply to  Madman
6 months ago

Agreed.

Iwillpartyhard
Reply to  Madman
6 months ago

This right here. Don’t draft any RB’s this year, fill in the other gaps.

Runole
6 months ago

great move! Thank God the message board GMs who wanted to kick him to the curb were as usual wrong! They need to turn in their Miss Cleo cards.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Runole
6 months ago

Amazes me the number of Fournette haters here on this board .. it never made the least bit of sense. He’s a proven performer, great attitude, TB-12 loves him (the no. 1 consideration as long as the GOAT is a Buc), and he’s not very expensive, even on this one year deal.

Dave
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Career 3.9 YPC and 7.3 YPR. That’s considered a proven performer? Lol. You can sign any bum off the streets to give you those stats for the league minimum. And I do mean anyone.

Runole
Reply to  Dave
6 months ago

You really don’t understand learning as a process? They aren’t video game robots.

Dave
Reply to  Runole
6 months ago

Neither do you smart ass. Stats are kept for a reason. Because they don’t lie. Good playoff games here and there, don’t erase 4 seasons of well below average regular season play

Runole
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

team sport! stay away from fantasy for your evaluations.

Dave
Reply to  Runole
5 months ago

Again, what, about wanting a competent 3rd down back, has ANY relation to fantasy football whatsoever? You really don’t understand learning as a process do you?

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
FLBoy84
6 months ago

Meh

bucballer
6 months ago

This one surprised me a bit! I thought for sure he was gone, but as the days went by and more RBs signed there was no news on Fournette. So I began to think… well maybe. Glad he resigned. The Brady effect strikes again. That and I think he found out there wasn’t a huge contract out there for him. Any team he would sign with was not going to be as good as the Bucs. Now let’s get a veteran RB with a set of good hands that can catch passes out of the backfield to replace Shady. It’s… Read more »

bucballer
6 months ago

We often hear about continuity and it’s importance. Now we have it and with a SuperBowl team to boot! This is exciting Buc fans!

Runole
Reply to  bucballer
6 months ago

Agree! exciting times!

BucLife
6 months ago

I personally would have preferred to see him move on, but welcome him back anyways. Let’s hope he can build on his playoff success.
It does beg to question if the Bucs would still take a RB at 32 now, or if they would prefer to wait till round 2 or 3 and take a pass-catcher like Gainwell or Felton.

Spitfire
6 months ago

I mean, I have no problem at all with having him here. Him and RoJo make for a solid either or. It doesn’t change the fact that we absolutely HAVE to get a solid pass catching RB before Game1 unless RoJo and/or Fournette all of a sudden turn into pass catchers. Now if we go into the season with RoJo/Fournette/ and someone like Harris or Williams, then our RB crew is much improved and solid AF.

Naplesfan
6 months ago

Another helping of good news on the free agent front. Playoff Lenny performed the best when it was needed the most. The best players always do. With all the success we’ve had so far (and we’re not done yet – we still need to sign AB to another short term deal), this is going to make our draft next month very very interesting, as we don’t need to draft for immediate need, but rather, we are completely free to draft for longer term development and ultimate value. That means we can be choosy, and not reach for anyone. That doesn’t… Read more »

Joseph
6 months ago

Meh not super excited about this but not super bummed out about it either kinda whatever with this

Naplesfan
6 months ago

There is a really great video clip posted on the Tampa Bay Times today that was televised yesterday, before the Fournette signing came out. The page is at
https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2021/03/26/bucs-reach-agreement-with-running-back-leonard-fournette/
The Time article notes that the 2021 Bucs are the first NFL team since the 1977 Raiders to sign all 22 of its starters for a second successive year .. and also the key specialty players (kicker, punter, and long snapper).
The coaches are back too.

Eddie
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

There is my concern. NFL coaches are very good, given enough time, they can come up with plays and schemes to beat any team. One have to admit that since Bucs forgo the Biscuit philosophy and throw in some Brady perfered short to med passes that they start winning. And Bowles’s defense significantly changed their style too. That did not give enough time for other coaches to adjust and react, so the Bucs won. Now the other coaches have seen this new Buc, they can come up with new scheme to counter and have the off season to drill that… Read more »

Runole
Reply to  Eddie
6 months ago

understood but that assumes the Bucs won’t be better. The NFL has been game planning for Brady how long? How has that worked out?

Eddie
6 months ago

4 million for half a season or a few games. Hope next year will be different otherwise very expensive. Wonder if there are any guaranteed money.

drdneast
6 months ago

Glad to see him back although i didn’t feel that way in the middle of the season when i was calling him Tippy Toes. If Fournette can keep running with the same power and authority this entire season as he did in the playoffs our running game will be set.

drdneast
6 months ago

Don’t forget the drummer. What would the Beatles be w/o Ringo. Sign AB.

surferdudes
6 months ago

Etienne in the first, we’d have the best backfield to go with the best WR’s, and TE’s in the game. Good luck defending that offence.

Ron Potter
6 months ago

I think a lot of fans are overlooking the perfect storm of events that include a down year in the NFL salary cap, especially in Fournette’s case. I’m glad he’s back, but I didn’t expect it. I think if the salary cap situation was different, he would be elsewhere. Maybe Shaq too but moreso Fournette. I’m glad Tom Brady likes him here and reached out. I hope Lenny and RoJo can continue to share the RB responsibilities as well as they did last year. Funny thing about RBs is that they get familiar to an offensive line after a while.… Read more »

Dman
Reply to  Ron Potter
6 months ago

Completely agree.

seat26
6 months ago

Hallelujah! The last missing piece. I was waiting for this. Fournette is worth it. He really came on at the end of the season and in the playoffs. Licht got it done. Bucs are in as good a position to repeat as they could be.

aredsoxfan1
6 months ago

I’m ok with the signing. I do like the idea of having two good RB. If Vaughn was smart he would already be working on his pass-catching skills to try and be the third down back.

plopes808
6 months ago

I almost feel bad…it’s not even fair for the rest of the league at this point

Alldaway 2.0
6 months ago

Love that playoff Lenny is back. Now the Bucs don’t have to burn a first round pick on a RB.
Burn that first round pick on a pass rusher or an interior Ol and the Bucs are cooking!

scubog
6 months ago

I’m often amazed by what I read here. Bucs don’t waltz through the playoffs and win the championship without the play of Leonard Fournette, who, by the way, was good enough coming out of LSU, to be a top 10 pick. Sadly for him, he went to the Jags and became their only offensive weapon. As I recall, he also caught a lot of passes for the blue tongues, but for some reason, a few folks think we need James White or any other Patriot to play that role.

BucRy
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

Some folks thinks they are smarter than they actually are. Like Pewter Board gm Dave up there.

Dave
Reply to  BucRy
6 months ago

As do you smart ass. You’re just as dumb as the next guy. I’m just not an opinion less sheep like you that thinks EVERY single move the team makes is right. There’s a reason why this team hadn’t made the playoffs in 15 years. But sure, you go right ahead and pretend like you don’t post your own opinions on what the Bucs front office does. Clown

Last edited 6 months ago by Dave
Runole
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

Super Bowl champs and you disagree that the Bucs don’t know what they are doing? You are really a piece of work.

Dave
Reply to  Runole
5 months ago

Well that’s just an AWESOME thought process. So a team wins the SB, so that automatically means that everything they do is right? They should never change a single thing on their roster, or ever try to improve their roster? Lol. Well with a comment like that, I give up lol. I guess it worked for every team coming off of a SB win in the past. Oh wait, that’s not true, seeing as nobody has repeated since 2004. The amount of people that think all we need to do is just resign our 2020 roster, and we’ll be all… Read more »

fredster
6 months ago

I’m glad Lenny is back overall. Yes, he did start very slow last season but hopefully he continues playing like he did in post season. We drafted Vaughn last season to be the pass catching RB. Now we need to draft another? He had short pre season like everyone and he stunk. He needs to step up for sure but he’s a bust after one crazy Covid year? I agree if he still can’t catch anything this year he may be a bust because his running is nothing special that I’ve seen.

Thunderman
6 months ago

Personally I am happy that we are arguing like 3rd Graders over Lenny not which Idiot is in the White House! Go Bucs

DaddyMcK1970
6 months ago

Now that we have Fournette back in the fold is there any update on AB? Would the Bucs go for an AB or Scotty Miller trade for Larry Fitzgerald and a pick or two?

plopes808
Reply to  DaddyMcK1970
6 months ago

AB did say that he and Lenny would find a way to stick around. He’s 1/2 right so far so just a matter of time for him I hope

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