The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put pen to paper on the easiest free agent decision they’ll make this offseason on Wednesday, as the team announced the signing of Bobby Rainey to a one-year contract.
Rainey was an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (because he has yet to earn enough years of service to hit the open market in the NFL) and really had no options when it came to free agency. He would either be signed by the Buccaneers, or not signed by the Buccaneers, as the team held all the cards with the young running back.
Rainey’s play in 2013 made it a simple decision for Jason Licht and his team, who inked the running back for another season to add to an incredibly deep backfield on offense. Rainey was the Buccaneers’ fifth or sixth choice at running back during 2013, but when pressed into action he truly impressed.
The former Western Kentucky runner tallied 566 yards rush and five touchdowns during the season, which included starting the final six games of the year. Possibly his most memorable moment was an 80-yard scamper for a score against the Bills, which is a team record for the longest run in franchise history.
Rainey will join Mike James as the backups to the returning Doug Martin, meaning the Buccaneers have one of the deepest and most capable stables of running backs in the NFL.