The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost another free agent: Bobby Rainey signed with the New York Giants, according to his Instagram account anyway. He delivered the news with a magnificently photoshopped image. I especially love the Bobby of Liberty torch.
Rainey's a curious case. He's always done reasonably well when he got the chance to carry the ball for the Bucs, but he barely got on the field behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. It always took some injuries for him to get significant carries, nad he had just five for 18 yards last year, plus three receptions for 16 yards. Obviously, that's not the kind of role you want to pay a free agent any money for.
Rainey did do one other valuable thing last year: he was the team's main punt and kick returner, getting 10 yards per punt return with a long of 58 yards. Unfortunately, that was also paired with a whopping eight fumbles and muffs -- not an acceptable number for a returner with a minimal role on offense.
The Bucs will have to find a new returner, something they've been trying to do for years. They haven't had a reliable, explosive one since Sammie Stroughter and Micheal Spurlock. It wouldn't be shocking for them to spend a draft pick on a capable punt returner.