We’ll always have Playoff Lenny, let’s never forget that.
However, it appears that Leonard Fournette’s days in a Bucs uniform are at an end. Much like Brate, losing Forunette is won’t bring a smile to many faces in Tampa Bay but he’s yet another guy who seems to be getting phased out as the team decides what sort of era it wants to enter.
There could be a case that Fournette should be brought back if the Bucs want to compete in 2023. He was the team’s leading rusher last season and when he’s firing on all cylinders is an absolute game-changing player to have on offense.
He’s also very expensive, to the point of potentially overpaying for what he brings to the offense. Much like saying the Bucs won the NFC South but whispering the part about having a losing record, Fournette was the leading rusher of the league’s worst rushing attack last season.
At his price point, which the Bucs would save about $3.5 million by cutting him, the Bucs can likely move on and give his reps to Rashaad White and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. White started emerging as a potential RB1 for the Bucs last season and Vaughn has sort of dwindled on the depth chart behind Fournette and White.
It’s a painful cut to make, but the Bucs have players to replace Fournette’s production at a fraction of the cost.