The Buccaneers and Bengals free-agent running Brian Leonard have come to terms on a one-year deal, agent Mike McCartney said Monday.
Leonard will play again for head coach Greg Schiano, who was his collegiate coach at Rutgers. The 29-year-old back rushed for 106 yards on 33 carries in 2012 for Cincinnati. He also caught 11 passes for 67 yards.
Leonard gives the Buccaneers another option on passing downs. Starter Doug Martin is a very good pass catcher, but Leonard is capable of spelling him if he needs a rest. Also, Leonard can contribute on special teams. He notched 24 coverage tackles in four seasons with Cincinnati.
The Bengals currently have three running backs under contract: starter BenJarvus Green-Ellis and reserves Cedric Peerman and Dan Herron. Another backup, Bernard Scott, is an unrestricted free agent.