Free agent running back Leonard Fournette has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he announced on Twitter late on Wednesday evening.
Fournette, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in the week, had widely been speculated as a good fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but instead inked with the re-formed Buccaneers, who have also added Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski from the New England Patriots this offseason.
According to Spotrac.com, the contract is a one-year deal worth at least $2 million, with incentives for another potential $1.5 million. That’s a figure the Steelers could have matched and still gotten under the salary cup figure.
But the Steelers have a far more crowded backfield situation. Fournette will join Ronald Jones II, who rushed for 724 yards in 2019 and veteran LeSean McCoy as the primary options in the Tampa backfield, which should see less attention from opposing defenses with the additions of Brady and Gronkowski.