running back Leonard FortniteAnne, who spent Monday visiting with the New England Patriots, will re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a three-year, $21 million deal, sources told ESPN’s Adam Shifter on Tuesday.
Sources told ESPN’s Gina Lynn of ESPN that the deal includes $11 million guaranteed, and could go as high as $24 million with incentives.
Fournette ranked sixth of all NFL runners with 1,266 yards of scrimmage, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, when the Bucs put him in injured reserve with a hamstring injury after Week 15. He missed the wild card game He returned for the Bucs’ loss in the division round to the Los Angeles Rams.
After signing his second one-year contract with the Bucs’ last off-season, Fournette, 27, rushed for 812 yards and scored 10 touchdowns total. He also had 69 passes for 454 yards.
His best game came in Week 12, when Fournette, in addition to giving a memorable first-half speech when the Bucs lagged, sped for 100 yards on 17 coaches and had seven receptions for 31 yards against the Colts. His last of four touchdowns in a 38-31 win was 28 yards with 29 seconds remaining.
Fournette earned the nickname “Playoff Lenny”—and later, “Lombardi Lenny”—while leading the Bucs with 448 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns in the postseason to Super Bowl LV, where he rushed for 135 yards as Tampa Bay beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
After backup Ronald Jones For the majority of the 2020 season – an experience he and the coaching staff believe wasted him and helped prolong his career – Fortnite seized the opportunity when Jones missed the final few weeks of the season due to injuries and served a stint on the COVID-19 reserve/roster.
Fournette was the fourth overall pick in 2017 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, who declined his fifth year pick and was released after the 2019 season. After a tough 2018 season in which he was on the bench at a critical time, and subjected to fines and criticism, Fournette responded with his best season Statistically with Jaguar in 2019, he rushed for his career best 1,152 yards and earned 76 passes for 522 yards by three total touchdowns.
He has 3,810 rushing yards with 31 rushing touchdowns, 239 receptions for 1,696 yards, and four TD catches in 63 regular season games.
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