Many thought the Bucs would seek help at the running back position during the offseason, so it was no surprise when they drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais a little over a month ago.
Apparently, they’re not done. Per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Bucs have given former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman an offer to join the team.
A few things on the #Eagles’ interest in free agent RBs, per sources: They offered contracts to Carlos Hyde, who signed with the Seahawks, and Devonta Freeman, who is weighing other offers (Bucs).— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 28, 2020
They have interest in bringing back LeSean McCoy, but have yet to make an offer.
Now that’s a bit surprising when it comes to the Bucs and their running back situation.
Freeman was released by the Falcons earlier in the year after battling injuries the last three season. The move saved the team around $3.5 million in cap space.
The two-time Pro Bowler has rushed 951 times for 3,972 yards (4.18 ypc) and 32 touchdowns over his six-year career. He’s also recorded 257 receptions for 2,015 yards (7.84 ypr) and 11 touchdowns.
Per Max Luckan of Pro Football Magazine and Greg Auman of The Athletic, the Buccaneers have not officially made an offer to Freeman;
Just to put out a fire: Bucs have not made any contract offer to free-agent running back Devonta Freeman, as has been reported.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 28, 2020