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Bucs to add RB Leonard Fournette to already formidable offense

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding another stud to their already star-studded offense.

The Bucs have agreed to a deal with recently released running back Leonard Fournette, according to multiple reports and a social media post from Fournette apparently confirming the news.

The agreement in principle is for a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Fournette, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, will join a Bucs team revamped this offseason with the additions of six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady and one of his favorite targets from his time in New England, tight end Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs already boasted a pair of 1,000-yard receivers from 2019 in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

Fournette immediately enters the fold of the Bucs’ running back competition which includes six-time Pro Bowler LeSean McCoy, who was also signed by the team this offseason. Ronald Jones II, the team’s leading rusher from a season ago, is also still on the roster, and the team selected two running backs in the 2020 draft, including third-round pick Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

None of those options has produced at the level of Fournette since he was drafted by the Jaguars with the fourth overall pick of the 2017 draft. He has 2,631 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns with 4.0 yards per carry in three seasons. Last season, in a career-high 15 games played, he rushed for 1,152 yards with 3 touchdowns and added 522 yards receiving.