Bernard asked to be released by the Bengals after they asked him to restructure his contract, but he wasn’t on the market for long. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Bernard has agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, who have been in the market for a receiving back. They were previously interested in James White before he re-signed with the Patriots, and Tom Brady and Bruce Arians both personally recruited Bernard to come to Tampa Bay.
Bernard has previously served as one of the best receiving backs in the league, and he racked up 47 catches for 355 yards. Those numbers aren’t bad on the surface, but his 7.3 yards per reception was the second-lowest mark of his career. He also graded out as just the No. 34 receiving back out of 65 qualifiers per Pro Football Focus. Still, he earned better marks in that department than Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones last season.
It’s hard to see him making a huge fantasy impact next season barring an injury, but he should help the Buccaneers compete for another title. They’re currently listed at +800 to win Super Bowl LVI on FanDuel Sportsbook.