Buccaneers Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Falcons

Larry Rupp
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should steal running back Cordarrelle Patterson away from the Atlanta Falcons.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should steal running back Cordarrelle Patterson away from the Atlanta Falcons. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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The retirement of quarterback Tom Brady has forced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to put together a whole new offense for the 2022 NFL season. The front office not only has to decide on a new quarterback, but it also needs to make sure the offensive weapons surrounding him remain elite.

It's not an impossible task by any means. The Buccaneers currently sit $10.6 million over the salary cap limit and will need to free up some cash, though. When it comes down to it, Tampa Bay should do whatever it takes to steal running back Cordarrelle Patterson away from the Atlanta Falcons.

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Of course, Patterson is coming off a breakout season in which he racked up a career-high 1,166 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 touchdowns. The 30-year-old proved he can take on a workhorse role in the backfield and also posted a catch percentage of over 75% for the second consecutive season.

The versatility showcased by the Tennessee product should make him Tampa Bay's top free agent target. The Buccaneers finished in the middle of the pack in terms of rushing yards per carry and could lose all three of their top RBs from 2021 (Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones & Giovani Bernard).

It would obviously take a huge deal to sway Patterson away from re-signing with the team that reignited his career. That still shouldn't rule out the Buccaneers given their past success at paying up for stars. Spotrac lists Patterson' market value to be nearly $9 million per year.

This would be a huge swing for an offense in need of a dynamic ball-carrier, yet the fact that it could result in a home run makes it worth it. The Buccaneers have odds set at +2500 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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