TAMPA, Fla. (BVM) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are figuring out what life after Tom Brady looks like after the star quarterback became the first domino to fall this offseason with his retirement.
Following what was a disappointing end to the 2022 campaign, the Buccaneers have now announced the move of another major piece of their past Super Bowl team with the expected release of running back Leonard Fournette. The veteran running back handled much of the workload over the past season but the rise of rookie Rachaad White had begun to muddy the waters for the LSU product’s future.
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Fournette finished the year with 668 yards and three touchdowns as the team’s rushing attack faltered from the very start. The Buccaneers ranked dead last in both rushing yards and yards per attempt over the course of the 2022 season, with issues stemming from both a new staff and injuries to the offensive line. With limited production on the ground, going in a new direction seemed to be an option heading forward for both sides.
The 28-year-old running back finished with over 800 yards in 2021 and helped Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl win during his first season with the team in 2020. Fournette adds to a loaded class of free agent backs that includes Saquon Barkley, Josh Jacobs, and Miles Sanders.
With that said, here’s a look at some of the team’s that may be in the running for the now-former Tampa Bay Buccaneer.