The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hoping to run it back one more time and win a Super Bowl with Tom Brady. To that end, they’re bringing back a veteran running back who helped them out last year.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the Buccaneers have signed running back Giovani Bernard to a one-year deal. Per the report, Bernard had multiple offers, but decided on Tampa Bay in the end – perhaps in part because of Tom Brady’s return.
Bernard was with the team last year and mainly served as a receiving threat out of the backfield. He had 23 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns along with 58 rushing yards on just eight carries. The Buccaneers even used him as their kickoff returner at times.
Last year Bernard was one of Tom Brady’s preferred receiving targets out of the backfield before finishing the season on injured reserve. Only Bucs leading rusher Leonard Fournette had more yards among running backs.
The #Bucs agreed to terms with RB Giovani Bernard on a one-year deal, per source.
Bernard had multiple offers, but chose to return to Tampa. Another one of Tom Brady’s favorites back in the fold.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 1, 2022
Giovani Bernard rose to prominence as the No. 2 back for the Cincinnati Bengals between 2013 and 2020. He had three straight seasons with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage to start his career.
But a few injuries and limited production in the ground game led the Bengals to release him after the 2020 season.
Bernard signed with the Buccaneers a few weeks later and wound up playing 12 games for them.
Will Giovani Bernard have a big role for the Buccaneers this year?