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Bucs re-sign Bobby Rainey

AP

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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