Leonard Fournette is back with the Buccaneers after he agreed to a one-year deal, the team announced on Wednesday.
According to espn.com, the deal is worth $3.25 million with incentives that would push it to $4 million.
In his first season with Tampa Bay in 2020, Fournette appeared in 13 regular-season games, making three starts. He rushed 97 times for 367 yards and six touchdowns while adding 36 receptions for 233 yards in the passing game.
The 26-year-old Fournette returns to Tampa Bay for a second season after helping the team win Super Bowl LV.
The five-year veteran came to the Buccaneers after he was released by the Jaguars last summer.
Like Fournette, Antonio Brown’s career was in trouble before he joined Tampa Bay in October after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The 11-year veteran played in only one game in 2019 after the Raiders and Patriots released him.
According to Fournette, he and Brown looked at the Buccaneers as “Last Chance U.”
“I used to try to make a joke out of it,” Fournette said. “I used to tell AB, ‘this sh** feel like Last Chance U.’ We can’t mess up. We on our second go round and things like that. He used to be like, ‘you know what, you gotta look at it like that…’ I think those conversations it carried me a long way throughout the season. We talked every day about it.”
For the 32-year-old Brown, it was “Last Chance U.” If he messed up, his career was probably over. As for Fournette, due to his age, he would have gotten another shot. However, nothing was guaranteed.
Fortunately, for the Buccaneers, Fournette, and Brown, things worked out. Fournette is back, and we’ll see if Brown will join him.