The Tag Deadline has come and gone, leaving wide receiver Chris Godwin receiving the tag for the second season in a row. Although this is a big hit to the Buccaneers’ salary cap, the team and the veteran receiver still have until July 15th to work out the deal, one that isn’t so painful in the financial department. With Godwin tagged, that means 25 other players are heading to free agency with one already dropping posts like he’s parting ways with the Buccaneers.
The word on the street already was that running back Leonard Fournette was going to test the waters of free agency, and he did so last year. It took some persuasion from the team and the GOAT to get him to return. It should come as no surprise that Fournette would seek another team that would pay him more money, considering the fact that he had turned down more money to return to the Buccaneers in an attempt to help Tom Brady take one more run at the Super Bowl. However, with 25 free agents and very little available cap, no Tom Brady, it seems as if his run with the Bucs has come to an end.
That sounds like “Playoff Lenny” will be seeking employment elsewhere. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also have Ronald Jones and Giovani bernard hitting the market but still have Ke’shawn Vaughn and Kenjon Barner on the roster. The team is a running back by committee, so expect some new wheels to be rolling around 1 Buccaneers place in the near future. The Buccaneers have been speaking with running backs at the combine so the team could look to draft one or even two.
The team has spoken to a few names you may even recognize: Breece Hall – Iowa State, Isaiah Spiller – Texas A&M, Rachaad White – Arizona State, Dameon Pierce – Florida, Kyren Williams – Notre Dame, Brian Robinson – Alabama, James Cook, Georgia.
During his two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Fournette carried the football 277 times for 1,179 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also caught 105 catches for 687 yards and 2 touchdowns. During his postseason play with Bucs, he ran the ball 77 times for 351 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 204 yards and 1 touchdown.