According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are among several teams that have inquired about former Patriots free agent RB James White. White, 29, will be entering his eighth season in the NFL this fall.

White had a six-year stint with Bucs QB Tom Brady in New England, and the two have a great chemistry. White has rushed for 1,240 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging 4.0 yards per carry in his seven-year career as the Patriots’ third-down back. More importantly, White has 369 career catches for 3,184 yards and 25 touchdowns. White had peak production in 2018 when he rushed for 425 yards and a TD along with 87 catches for 751 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His production dipped without Brady on the roster last year, as he totaled 49 receptions for 375 yards and one score with 121 yards on the ground and two TDs. White made $4 million in 2020 and could come to Tampa Bay for less for a chance to reunite with Brady.

PewterReport.com has mentioned White as a possible fit in Tampa Bay several times this offseason. White was our free agency Bucs Best Bet running back in our previews from early March, and several Bucs Battle Plans for the offseason had the team signing White this offseason. Acquiring White could mean saying good-bye to free agent Leonard Fournette however, as it is unlikely that the team can sign both running backs.

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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

White would be a great value landing and cheaper than a lot of RBs out there. Also opens up the offense with mismatches when teams are focused on covering Gronk, Godwin and Evans.

Michael76
4 months ago

Jon, while you’re not big on White as a runner, or sold on Jones, the coaches are both loyal and honest, and love Jones as a runner. If nothing else you have to admit that Jones has truly grown, and neither shady or Lenny are protection backs. I think White can help show what it takes to become good third down back while providing a great option when Brady is in obvious throwing downs. I suspect that looking at White means that AB and Lenny are gone, and if Mike and Chris are covered, they have an option if Scotty… Read more »

The Wall
Reply to  Michael76
4 months ago

Great comment. I would rather have White than Fournette. We know exactly what we would be getting with White and that’s exactly what we need. Fournette played great in the playoffs but dropped too many passes. I agree on Jones. He will only get better as a runner.

FLBoy84
4 months ago

Gotta throw that “PR had White as a Bucs best bet” tagline in there lol. Practically everyone did, including my 80yo blind uncle. Gotta give him credit for a hot take I guess. :)

SappAttack
4 months ago

As a replacement to Shady McCoy I am 1000% cool with this.
Bring back our guys or replace them with better options. So far that appears to be what we are doing. Lenny may be replaced in the draft with RB Travis Etienne and I would be on board with that 1000% as well.
Give me:
Jones, Etienne White, Vaughn
over:
Jones, Fournette, McCoy, Vaughn

geno711
4 months ago

I like Jamal Williams for that pass catching back role more but if Brady prefers James White then James White it is!

Michael76
Reply to  geno711
4 months ago

Williams is a Lion

Captain Sly
4 months ago

Not sold on James White over Fournette. White is not an every down back and would only come in on obvious passing downs. He offers no running threat so defenses stay with there nickle packages to erase the play. Need a RB to at draw in safety help…Sorry fellas Hard Pass!

Runole
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

agree Fournette as 3 down back is a better choice

RW
RW
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

For most of last year Fournette was a fair to average back. He did well in the playoffs but even compared to playoff Lenny White is a far superior receiving back. And it’s not like he can’t run the ball to keep defenses honest. White is a big upgrade in obvious passing situations and any 3rd downs.

Spitfire
4 months ago

For real now, Fournette came through in the post season. He did what we needed him to do and it was enough and he did his part and it went great and we went all the way. BUT! RoJo is a better and more dynamic pure runner and better after contact while Fournette is only slightly better at catching passes. We need a pass catching RB more than anything else on Offense. It will change the game for us and give us weapons on all levels and provide the security blanket that we needed to continue drives that easily could… Read more »

diablo5597
4 months ago

Capt Sly, I guess you didn’t notice, he’s averaged 4 yards per carry over his 7 year career.

Runole
Reply to  diablo5597
4 months ago

Fournette is workhorse back White isn’t

Eddie
Reply to  Runole
4 months ago

Workhorse that disappeared for the whole season until playoff is a questionable work horse. Unless that disappearance was due to an injury that has since mended

Captain Sly
Reply to  diablo5597
4 months ago

Yeah, I also noticed that it took 7yrs for him to gain a whopping 1200 yards. Which averages 170 yards per year most guys get that per game. Pass!

RW
RW
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

You obviously have never seen White play. Brady loves throwing to his backs; when they can get open and catch the ball. White excels at both.

Eddie
Reply to  RW
4 months ago

Agreed with you RW. Almost seemed like some commented here did not watch a lot of Whites game at NE.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Bucs use a rotation so I don’t think the Bucs are in the market for a workhorse back.

fredster
4 months ago

White would be great addition for 2 million give or take. Fournette will be too expensive to keep I think.

The Freeman
4 months ago

there is no RB worth more than $2-3M in this year FA!
4net wasn’t in my top 5…
give me Kenyan Drake, James White, Chris Carson or Marlon Mack over Lenny.

surferdudes
4 months ago

No one is mentioning D. Williamson x K.C. R.B. who sat out due to Covid last year. He played great for them their S.B. year. Good pass catcher, that can also run between the tackles. I’d be looking at him.