Buccaneers running back room: Who should team go forward with?

Leonard Fournette, Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Tom Brady, James White, New England Patriots (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /

There are a lot of running backs on the market right now. Three cheap options fit the bill for the Buccaneers.

Gus Edwards
Rushing stats: 723 yards, 5.0 AVG
Passing stats: 129 yards, 14.3 AVG
Edwards is the best runner of the three options and is explosive in the passing game. His drawback is he was barely asked to do it. With more opportunities to catch and run he could shine. He would make a very nice compliment to Jones as well.

Brian Hill
Rushing Stats: 465 yards, 4.7 AVG
Passing Stats: 199, 8.0 AVG
Hill has a surprising amount of agility for a running back as big as he is. He’s got the size and strength for pass protection and good not great hands. He’s a cheap option that can do some damage on the ground or in the air. Hill most likely won’t come in and wow anyone, but he’d probably be a sidegrade or even slight upgrade to Fournette for half the price or less.

James White
Rushing Stats: 121 yards, 3.5 AVG
Passing Stats: 375 yards, 7.7 AVG
Passing stats in last year with Tom Brady: 645, 9.0 AVG
This is an option that has a real possibility of happening. Great in pass protection, and completely familiar with Brady. He was Brady’s go-to 3rd down back for 6 years. Not much else to it. He can get out of that cold New England weather, lose the state tax, reunite with old teammates, and shoot for winning another Superbowl before he retires. White, if he can quickly pick up the scheme, would be what LeSean McCoy was supposed to be for the Bucs last year.