Tampa Bay Buccaneers agree in principle to a deal to bring in a star-studded running back
Fournette, who has rushed 666 times for 2,631 yards (4.0 YPC) and 17 touchdowns in his three-year career, was recently waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars following disputes within the organization.
While there are certainly questions about Fournette off the field, his on the field production speaks for itself.
Fournette is a hard-nosed runner who has good hands out of the backfield (he caught 76 passes a year ago with Jacksonville). He’ll immediately make an impact and there’s no doubt the Buccaneers were salivating at the potential of bringing him into the franchise.
The Buccaneers are chasing a Super Bowl with Leonard Fournette
As we said earlier, there are certainly questions about Fournette’s off the field issues. He has not been the greatest personality to place in a locker room, but that talent was just too much to resist for Tampa Bay.
Anyone who has seen any of Training Camp or has kept up with the Buccaneers during camp knows how much the running backs have struggled. We’ve noted it several times over the course of the last couple of weeks.
What Fournette does is pretty simple.
He’s able to come in, become the starter and take the pressure off the rest of the backfield. Ronald Jones II can now focus on what he does best and remain fresh as a play-maker. You can now afford to let LeSean McCoy work his way into series little-by-little and you can bring rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn along slowly.
Fournette makes the Bucs offense the best in the league and there’s really no question about it. He gives Tampa Bay a balance and it’s absolutely scary to think that this offense will now possess all of that receiving talent in conjunction with the deepest tight end room in the league and now Fournette paired in the backfield with Brady.
Yes, for the first time in a long time we can say this with certainty: The Buccaneers are chasing a Super Bowl.