If the Buccaneers were missing one thing from the 2020 Championship run it was a pass-catching running back. The Buccaneers were near the top for dropped passes from the position. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette accounted for ten drops in 2020. The Buccaneers saw this glaring issue and hit the free-agent market to address the issue. They announced this week that Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovanni Bernard will be “jumping ship” to join Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Were the Buccaneers the only team pursuing the coveted pass catcher?
According to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers contacted Bernard to play for them in 2021. Could the tipping point for Bernard have been receiving phone calls from Tom Brady and Bruce Arians? In one word, YES! The Buccaneers quarterback loves throwing to running backs out of the backfield. So, this makes for the perfect marriage between Bernard and the Buccaneers. Bernard has never had a season with less than 30 receptions. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians inked Giovanni Bernard to a one-year deal with the financial details coming later. Bernard will add an element to the passing game the Buccaneers have not seen since Michael Pittman in 2002. Never underestimate the Brady Effect! FIRE THE CANNONS!