Bucs give RB Rainey one-year extension
In what is largely a procedural move, the Bucs have given a one-year extension to running back Bobby Rainey, who went from the waiver wire to the starting lineup last year after season-ending injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James.
Rainey was an exclusive-rights free agent, which meant the Bucs needed only to offer him a contract to keep his rights. The one-year extension puts him back on the traditional NFL cycle of being a restricted free agent after his third NFL season in the spring of 2015.
Rainey, 26, led the Bucs with 532 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in 2013, with big roles in two of the Bucs' four wins. He rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in a win against Atlanta, then went for 127 and a score when the Bucs beat Buffalo. He joined the Bucs after being released by the Browns; he was on injured reserve as a rookie with the Ravens during their Super Bowl season in 2012. Rainey had a $480,000 salary in 2013, the minimum for a player with one year of experience, and presuming he continues at the league minimum, he would earn $570,000 in 2014.
The Bucs should have good depth at running back in 2014, with Martin and James expected to be fully recovered from the shoulder and ankle injuries that ended their 2013 seasons early.
(To clarify, the Bucs initially tweeted a two-year extension for Rainey, but he only signed a one-year extension.)