The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been making some low-profile moves in free agency in the last few days. Over the weekend, the team added defensive lineman Derek Landri to the roster. The team is expected to sign free agent defensive end and USF alum George Selvie this afternoon and the team added some depth to their backfield on Monday. The Buccaneers agreed to terms with former Cincinnati Bengals and Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard.
This move might spell the end of LeGarrette Blount in Tampa. The Buccaneers inked a one-year deal with Blount earlier this offseason but the team has actively been trying to move the power runner according to multiple reports. There appears to be little interest in Blount and he could ultimately be released by the Buccaneers.
Leonard is a tough runner and played for head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers. A very athletic player, while in college, Leonard exhibited the same trademark leaping ability that Blount has shown. He was a very productive feature back while at Rutgers, but has been relegated to a limited role in the NFL, never carrying the ball more than 86 times in a single season.
Leonard is an exceptional special teams player and can catch the ball out of the backfield, something Blount struggles with.
The former Rutgers back is entering his seventh season in the NFL after being drafted by the St Louis Rams in 2007 in the second-round.
Buccaneers fans can get a look at their latest back right here-