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.
There are several teams inquiring about Patriots' free-agent RB James White, including…the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, per source.
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.
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