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One Key Super Bowl Contributor Still Unlikely to Re-Sign With Buccaneers

Larry Rupp
It remains unlikely that Leonard Fournette re-signs with the Buccaneers.
It remains unlikely that Leonard Fournette re-signs with the Buccaneers. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fresh off a Super Bowl victory and are now working to bring back as much of their core as they can to make another run at a title in 2021.

However, it remains unlikely that the team will be able to re-sign one of their key playoff contributors.

Leonard Fournette Buccaneers Free Agency

It seems that running back Leonard Fournette and the Buccaneers haven't made any progress when discussing a new contract. Nicknamed "Playoff Lenny" last season, Fournette racked up 448 total yards on 82 touches and scored 4 touchdowns in the team's four playoff games.

While the Buccaneers have starter Ronald Jones and young ball carrier Ke'Shawn Vaughn ready to go for next season, depth in the backfield is as important as anything for an NFL team. Tampa Bay thrived on being able to rotate backs and keep their legs fresh throughout the regular season.

Fournette has been linked to teams including the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots during his free agency. It's possible Fournette is holding out for a better offer, but this free agent class is full of reliable running backs. That's going to make it hard for him to capitalize on his 2020 performance.

The Buccaneers are likely to enter the 2021 as the favorites in the NFC with or without Fournette. Yet, their offense would receive a major boost if they are able to re-sign a playmaker that had such a crucial role in bringing home the Lombardi Trophy last season.

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