The Bucs had been fairly energetic on the operating again place this offseason. They began by re-signing Leonard Fournette to a 3 12 months, $21 million deal. That ensures that their characteristic again stays in Tampa Bay.
They adopted up that transfer up by bringing again versatile pass-catching again Giovani Bernard. The Bucs then added youth to the place by drafting Arizona State again Rachaad White within the third spherical.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn stays on the roster heading into his third season and may have an uphill battle incomes enjoying time. And emergency return-man, Kenjon Barner was signed to a futures contract following the conclusion of the season.
Nonetheless it seems the Bucs should not carried out including to the room.
According to Greg Auman of The Athletic, the Bucs are bringing in veteran operating again Patrick Laird in for a tryout throughout rookie mini-camp.
One other veteran coming in as a tryout participant for Bucs rookie minicamp is former Cal and Dolphins operating again Patrick Laird. Performed final three seasons in Miami, 36 catches, rushed for 244 complete yards. Bucs do not have an excessive amount of RB depth on the 90, so a possible signing.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 11, 2022
Laird has totaled simply 244 yards speeding and one landing on 76 makes an attempt in his three-year profession. The previous Dolphin additionally has 36 receptions for 289 yards in that span. Nonetheless, most of his manufacturing stems from his rookie season in 2019.
Laird additionally logged 60 p.c of the snaps on particular groups for Miami that 12 months. He began the 2021 season on the observe squad earlier than getting referred to as up on October 30. Sadly, he was restricted to only six video games after becoming a member of the energetic roster. Touchdown on injured reserve after spraining his MCL.
Wanting At Free Agent Choices
The Bucs additionally reached out to former Ravens operating again Ty’Son Williams, per Auman.
Bucs are one in all quite a few groups which have reached out to operating again Ty’son Williams, a free agent after Ravens withdrew their tender. Averaged 5.3 yards per carry in restricted work final season.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 12, 2022
Williams was initially prolonged an unique rights free agent tender, however had it withdrawn from the Ravens on Tuesday. The Ravens introduced in former Falcon Mike Davis and draft Missouri’s Tyler Badie within the sixth spherical. The second-year professional ran for 185 yards and one landing on 35 carries in his three begins in his rookie season. He additionally added 9 receptions for 84 yards by way of the air.
The Bucs solely have 5 operating backs on the roster, and are certain so as to add one other for the trials of coaching camp. Final season they went into camp with six backs. Whether or not they’re impressed with Laird or fellow tryout participant Jace Jordan, or look to free company with a participant like Williams, the Bucs will almost certainly add to the place in some unspecified time in the future.