Jun 7, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) works outs at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs unhappy with RB Leonard Fournette’s weight

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly unhappy with running back Leonard Fournette’s significant offseason weight gain.

Fournette is more than 30 pounds heavier than his listed weight of 228 pounds, according to a Tampa Bay Times podcast.

“The last time we saw Leonard Fournette he was about a donut shy of 260,” longtime Buccaneers beat writer Rick Stroud said on the podcast.

Fournette, 27, did not participate in voluntary organized team activities and appeared out of shape last month at mandatory minicamp. Training camp opens next week.

“Coaches were not happy — and that’s an understatement — when he didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing damn near 260,” Stroud said. “And that’s not a good sign for a guy that you just spent a three-year contract on.”

In March after taking a free agent visit to the New England Patriots, Fournette signed a three-year, $21 million deal that includes $12 million guaranteed.

Fournette ran for 812 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two scores in 14 games (13 starts) last season.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off to running back Leonard Fournette (7) in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David game-time decisions for Bucs vs. Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians labeled running back Leonard Fournette and Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David as the “most questionable” of the game-time decisions for Sunday’s NFC wild-card game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Fournette and David were designated for return from injured reserve on Wednesday. They are eligible to be activated at any time.

Fournette, 26, was placed on IR on Dec. 23 with a hamstring injury he sustained four days earlier in a 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He led Tampa Bay in rushing with 812 yards and eight touchdowns. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns.

David, 31, was also put on IR on Dec. 23 with a foot injury he suffered in the game against the Saints. He started all 12 games in which he played, racking up 97 tackles, two sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. David was All-Pro in 2013 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015. He was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2020.

While the availability of Fournette and David are in question, running back Ronald Jones (ankle) and wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr. (hamstring) were ruled out for Sunday’s game by Arians.

Should Fournette sit out on Sunday, the Buccaneers will turn to a stable of running backs that include Ke’Shawn Vaughn, Le’Veon Bell and potentially Giovani Bernard.

Bernard has yet to be activated from injured reserve. Vaughn led the Bucs in rushing in their regular season finale vs. the Carolina Panthers last week with 10 carries for 29 yards and touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Dec 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs with the ball in the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Leonard Fournette, Lavonte David return to practice

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated three players off injured reserve Wednesday, including primary running back Leonard Fournette and Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David.

Running back Giovani Bernard also returns to practice. The Bucs have 21 days to promote the trio to the active roster. It’s expected that all three will be ready to play in Sunday’s wild-card game against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Fournette, 26, was placed on IR on Dec. 23 with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 15. He led Tampa in rushing with 812 yards to go with eight touchdowns. He also caught 69 passes for 454 yards and two TDs.

David, 31, was also put on IR on Dec. 23 with a foot injury he sustained in the same Dec. 19 loss to New Orleans. He started all 12 games he played in, racking up 97 tackles, two sacks, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles. David was All-Pro in 2013 and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015.

Bernard, 30, has been on IR since Dec. 14 after sustaining a hip injury in Week 14 against Buffalo. He has been Tampa’s third-down back, catching 23 passes for 123 yards and three TDs. He’s also rushed eight times for 58 yards.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Le'Veon Bell (17) carries the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Le’Veon Bell signing with Bucs; Leonard Fournette to IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign veteran free agent running back Le’Veon Bell pending a physical, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

The move comes amid an ESPN report that starting RB Leonard Fournette was likely headed to injured reserve for the rest of the regular season following a hamstring injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.

The move would reunite Bell with Antonio Brown after their time together as a potent 1-2 offensive punch in Pittsburgh.

Fournette, 26, leads the team in carries (180), rushing yards (812) and rushing touchdowns (eight). He also has provided an impact in the passing game with 69 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs expect Fournette back for the playoffs, per the report.

Ronald Jones II likely will assume the bulk of the workload in the backfield with Fournette sidelined.

Bell, 29, appeared in five games earlier this season with the Baltimore Ravens. He rushed for 83 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

Overall, Bell is a two-time All-Pro who has rushed for 6,536 yards and 42 touchdowns in 93 games.

He and Brown played together with the Steelers from 2013-17.

The Buccaneers on Tuesday also placed wide receiver Chris Godwin and defensive lineman Pat O’Connor on IR.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) in the second half during Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette says he is learning, mulling vaccine

In a since-deleted tweet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette said Thursday that he didn’t want to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Vaccine I can’t do it…..,” he wrote.

On Sunday, after the first practice of training camp, he said he is still learning about the vaccine and mulling it over.

The Buccaneers, who begin the defense of their Super Bowl championship on Sept. 9 against Dallas, are bringing in doctors to answer players’ questions.

“I’m going to talk to them, and just see what’s the best decision, for myself and for the team,” Fournette said.

Vaccinated players and staff members won’t be subject to wearing a mask at team facilities or while traveling, won’t have physical distancing rules and are allowed to visit with friends and family during travel. They won’t be subject to daily COVID-19 testing, either.

Players who violate the COVID-19 protocols could be subject to a fine of $14,650 per infraction.

Fournette said he was willing to live by the regulations if chooses not to be vaccinated but will listen to the information.

“I just don’t know too much about it,” Fournette said after the team’s first training camp practice.

The fourth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Fournette was a key contributor for the Buccaneers in their playoff run in 2020.

Fournette, 26, totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He had a franchise-best 448 scrimmage yards in the playoffs and led the team in rushing yards (300), rushing touchdowns (three), scrimmage touchdowns (four) and receptions (18).

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jaguars. He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games before his sterling playoff run.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

RB Leonard Fournette officially re-signs with Buccaneers

Running back Leonard Fournette re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Wednesday.

The Buccaneers did not divulge the terms of the contract for Fournette, however NFL Network previously reported that it was a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. Incentives could push that total to $4 million, per the report.

Fournette, 26, totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He had a franchise-best 448 scrimmage yards in the playoffs and led the team in rushing yards (300), rushing touchdowns (three), scrimmage touchdowns (four) and receptions (18).

“Leonard’s playoff performance was nothing short of spectacular and was the fruition of him really buying into what we were trying to accomplish as a team last year,” general manager Jason Licht said. “Lenny’s versatility and toughness make him a very dynamic player in our offense and bringing him back adds another valuable asset at the running back position to help in our pursuit of another championship.”

Fournette signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games.

The Jaguars selected Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 49 career games (39 starts), he has run for 2,998 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also has caught 170 passes for 1,242 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland (21) during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Bucs bring back RB Leonard Fournette on one-year deal

Jan 3, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) reacts after making an interception in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Leonard Fournette is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, NFL Network reported Friday.

The deal is for $3.25 million, but incentives could push it to $4 million, per the network.

Fournette signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buccaneers on Sept. 2, 2020, just days after he was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He had a career-worst regular season in 2020, finishing with just 600 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games but made his impact in the Buccaneers’ playoff run.

Fournette totaled four touchdowns in four postseason games, including one in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

The Jaguars selected Fournette, now 26, with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. In 49 career games (39 starts), he has run for 2,998 yards with 23 touchdowns. He also has caught 170 passes for 1,242 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media