5 running backs Buccaneers could realistically target in free agency

Todd Bowles said he wants the Bucs to add a running back, and there are some interesting options out there.

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A.J. Dillon

If the Bucs want someone like Elliott but with some more tread left on the tire, AJ Dillon could be an intriguing option.

He played a similar role to what he'd do in Tampa Bay up in Green Bay alongside Aaron Jones. Both Rachaad White and Jones are excellent pass-catching running backs, with Dillon being more of a chain mover than a dual-threat out of the backfield. He's younger than Elliott but he's also more expensive and is coming off a much worse season.

Last year was Dillon's worst since his rookie season, and arguably the lowest output he's had in a full season of work. He only played in 11 games back in 2020 and since then he's worked his way into the rotation more consistently. That's why finishing with fewer than 700 yards and just a pair of rushing touchdowns is a rough look, but it could mean he's forced to take a discounted rate in an already gnarly running back market.

Much like the other NFC North running back the Bucs could target, Dillon could return to Green Bay and help Matt LaFleur run things back -- although he's not a restricted free agent. It's unclear how much the Packers actually value him or if they'd rather replace him with someone like Derrick Henry who takes them closer to Super Bowl contention.

If that's the case, Dillon would head to free agency with a chip on his shoulder which seems to fit the vibe down in Tampa Bay.

Market Value: $3.5M