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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding yet one other immense title to their backfield.

Running again Leonard Fournette agreed to enroll within the team, he confirmed Wednesday on Twitter, moral two days after he used to be waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars. His one-year deal carries a unfriendly salary of $2 million and is price as much as $3.5 million, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

The No. 4 overall earn within the 2017 NFL draft went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday, as no team opted to earn him up on the one-year, $4.167 million deal he had ideal. As a free agent, alternatively, he fast chanced on a touchdown set up.

Fournette, 25, rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns in three seasons with the Jaguars. In 2019, he had a profession year with 1,152 speeding yards and 76 catches for 522 yards.

Regardless of that, the Jaguars were unable to secure any takers on the commerce marketplace for Fournette, coach Doug Marrone acknowledged. Marrone added that the team did no longer factor in off-the-self-discipline incidents — collectively with one suspension by the team in 2017 for missing a team portray and one other by the NFL in 2018 for combating the Buffalo Bills’ Shaq Lawson — into its decision to half ideas with the working again.

Fournette turns into the most modern marquee figure to enroll within the Buccaneers’ backfield in an offseason formed by quarterback Tom Brady’s arrival. While returning incumbent starter Ronald Jones, the Buccaneers furthermore chosen Vanderbilt’s Ke’Shawn Vaughn within the third round of the NFL draft and signed old LeSean McCoy in July. Vaughn spent two weeks a long way flung from the team while on the COVID-19 reserve listing.

While coach Bruce Arians has praised Jones and known as him the “considerable man” at working again, Fournette would be poised to enticing within the third-year again for carries on first and 2nd down. Dare Ogunbowale is anticipated to have a job on passing downs.

The Buccaneers achieved 24th within the NFL final season in speeding with 95.1 yards per game, though the third-ranked overall offense used to be led by the league’s top passing assault (302.8 yards per game). 

Apply Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.


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