The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a new-look offense in 2023.
Not only did they lose Tom Brady to retirement, but they are also moving on from running back Leonard Fournette.
The 28-year-old running back is expected to be released by the Bucs when the new league year begins on March 15th.
The #Bucs plan to release RB Leonard Fournette when the new league year begins March 15, per sources.
GM Jason Licht mentioned recently that he felt Fournette was still a three-down back in this league. “Lombardi Lenny” is still only 28 and has plenty in the tank. pic.twitter.com/KMHiGSfG9L
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 28, 2023
Even though he is only 28, his stats show he has been on a decline for a few seasons.
This past season he played in 16 games but only started nine.
In those games, he rushed for 668 yards and three touchdowns.
His 3.5 yards per carry were also the worst in his three seasons in Tampa Bay.
But as a receiver, that is where Fournette made the most impact.
He caught 73 passes for 523 yards and three touchdowns.
Even though Fournette is on the back nine of his career, he can still add value to a running back needy team.
He is no longer as explosive as we saw during his time in Jacksonville.
But, some team should give Fournette a chance in 2023.
As for the Buccaneers, they will hand over the running back duties to Rachaad White.
He was their third-round draft pick in 2022 and was solid in a limited role last year.
The Buccaneers’ offense will look a lot different in 2023, but they should focus on running the ball more.
Last season they were completely one dimensional and every team they played knew it.
Now under a new offensive coordinator, expect the Bucs to try and control the clock more next season.NEXT: Bruce Arians Gives His Opinion On QB Kyle Trask