Sep 1, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard (40) avoids the tackle of the Indianapolis Colts linebacker Philip Wheeler (50) during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Running Back Brian Leonard

The Buccaneers budgeted spending spree continued with the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals’ running back Brian Leonard to a one-year contract, according to his agent Mike McCartney via Twitter. The former second-round pick in the 2007 draft played under Bucs head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, bringing the current number of former Scarlett Knights on the roster to six.

To say Leonard was used sparingly during his time with the Bengals would be putting it mildly. Over his four seasons in Cincinnati he amassed a total of 86 carries for 336 yards. However, he remains a decent option for a Bucs offense that struggled to get the job done on the goal line during the 2012 season.

Leonard, a versatile back who has played both running back and fullback, will have a tough time supplanting current Bucs fullback Erik Lorig who seemed to come into his own in 2012, but he will certainly add depth at the position.

The Bucs are poised for a move at running back after shopping LeGarrette Blount in trade talks and meeting with running back prospects Christine Michael from Texas A&M and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell. With the Leonard signing, the writing may be on the wall for Blount’s days sporting the red and pewter.

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