Bucs add backfield depth with Bengals free agent Brian Leonard
Running back Brian Leonard, a free agent from the Bengals, has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Bucs, according to his agent, Mike McCartney.
Leonard, 29, played under Bucs coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers and projects as a third-down back and blocking back as the Bucs look to add depth in their offensive backfield.
Leonard rushed 33 times for 106 yards in 2012, his most attempts since his rookie season.
The Bucs used mostly veteran D.J. Ware as their third-down back last season, but Leonard, at minimum, creates competition for the job.
The Bucs have significant competition in their backfield now, with starting running back Doug Martin, and backups LeGarrette Blount, Ware and Michael Smith still on the roster.
Leonard’s usefulness on special teams gives him an edge in a position battle, something the Bucs likely took into account when they signed him.