Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Should the Team Look to Free Agency for RB Depth?

June 30, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As it currently stands, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will go into the 2013 season with a very young and inexperienced group of running backs. Outside of the stellar rookie season that Doug Martin put together, there are a lot of questions in the backfield.
The team did bring in (Pro Football Talk) Brian Leonard, signing him to a one-year deal. Leonard, who played for head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, can catch passes out of the backfield and is a very solid short-yardage runner. But, will that be enough?
Michael Smith, Matt Brown, Mike James and Jeff Demps, the other running backs on the roster, have never carried the ball in a regular season game. In the case of Demps, it's not clear how soon he would even join the team due to his track and field commitments.
If the Bucs decided to get an insurance policy at running back, options do exist. Michael Turner, Brandon Jacobs, Cedric Benson, Beanie Wells and the recently-released (ESPN) Willis McGahee are all ava...

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