The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Leonard Johnson to a one-year deal, Greg Auman reports. The three-year veteran was set to become a restricted free agent, but the Bucs weren't willing to give him a
fully guaranteed $1.5 million tender. They've presumably re-signed him to a cheaper deal.
Meanwhile, Pewter Report says the Buccaneers are working on a deal with Bobby Rainey, who was in the same boat: a restricted free agent who the Bucs didn't want to tender. Update: The Bucs actually tendered Rainey, per Greg Auman, so he's now getting $1.54 million in salary this year. I'm guessing that takes the Bucs out of the running back markets.
Johnson has been the team's main slot cornerback for the past three years, but he hasn't exactly played well in that role. While he has a knack for big plays, he also has a knack for getting beaten over, and over, and over again. Which is why last year, he was frequently subbed out for other players. I'm not sure whether the Bucs see him as more than a special teamer and backup or offseason competition, but the fact that they didn't tender him suggests they didn't really value him all that highly.
Meanwhile, re-signing Bobby Rainey would solidify the running back position. The Bucs already have Doug Martin, who flashed some of his old form at the end of lasdt season, and Charles Sims, who Lovie Smith and company see as a sort of Matt Forte lite. With Mike James as a short-yardage back, that stable is pretty full.
Correction: Apparently restricted free agent tenders are not guaranteed. Oops. Sorry.