Bucs re-sign Bobby Rainey


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.