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Bucs re-sign Bobby Rainey

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The Buccaneers weren’t at any risk of losing running back Bobby Rainey because he was set to be an exclusive rights free agent.  So they’ve worked out a contract now, even though he could have (in theory) waited for a while before committing.

Rainey joined the Buccaneers in midseason after being released by the Browns and took on a prominent role in the offense when Doug Martin was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. He had a couple of big games — 163 rushing yards and three scores in Week 11, 127 yards and an 80-yard scoring run in Week 14 — and finished the year with 566 yards on 150 carries.

If Martin’s healthy, Rainey will likely be battling Mike James for snaps as the No. 2 back in Tampa.

UPDATE 9:22 p.m. ET:  The Buccaneers initially announced the contract as a two-year deal.  They have issued a clarification.  Rainey is signed through 2014.  Next year, he’ll be eligible for restricted free agency.

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10 Responses to “Bucs re-sign Bobby Rainey”
  1. ajgreenhof says: Mar 5, 2014 5:16 PM

    He committed even after seeing the new uniforms. He’s a keeper.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Mar 5, 2014 5:16 PM

    Of course the Browns cut him. They know HB’s.

  3. uwsptke says: Mar 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    Still surprised the Browns released him after the Richardson trade and signed Willis McGahee instead. But I’m not sure “surprised” is the right adjective there.

  4. jayniner says: Mar 5, 2014 5:29 PM

    Those 3 RB’s in your backfield is a good problem to have!

  5. milkmandanimal says: Mar 5, 2014 5:29 PM

    Rainey had one monster game, but Mike James actually looked better for the games he was playing before he got hurt (being a Bucs RB was like being the drummer for Spinal Tap). Curious to see how it turns out in camp, to put it mildly.

  6. swanderj1 says: Mar 5, 2014 5:45 PM

    Good resigning, he was a monster in the backfield in 2013.

  7. petedutcherjr says: Mar 5, 2014 5:45 PM

    I would like to see James switched to FB.

  8. xxravennationxx says: Mar 5, 2014 5:55 PM

    Wish the Ravens would of hung onto this guy. He was on their practice squad for a few years….

  9. udkidd says: Mar 5, 2014 6:16 PM

    Had all three RBs in my league last year. Still missed playoffs.

  10. nobby821 says: Mar 8, 2014 2:29 PM

    Had James and Rainey in my league.

    Sincerely,
    Champ

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