Veteran RB Giovani Bernard is signing a one-year deal with the #Bucs, per source.
Tom Brady and Bruce Arians both personally recruited Bernard, one of the NFL’s best receiving backs, after his release from Cincinnati. Another weapon for Brady and the Super Bowl champs.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 12, 2021
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finally adding a new face in free agency, agreeing to a one-year deal with Giovani Bernard, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
A second-round pick out of North Carolina in the 2013 NFL draft, Bernard played in 115 games for the Bengals over eight seasons, racking up over 6,500 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns.
Bernard was recently granted his release from the Cincinnati Bengals, and gives Tom Brady and the Bucs an experienced pass-catching back, one of the few things they lack on their Super Bowl roster.
Leonard Fournette is back on a one-year deal after an impressive postseason last year, and 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones II returns for the final year of his rookie deal in 2021. Tampa Bay spent a third-round pick in last year’s draft on Ke’Shawn Vaughn, but he was used sparingly while sitting behind Jones, Fournette and veteran LeSean McCoy.
Considering Brady’s affinity for pass-catching specialists out of the backfield, Bernard could play a key role in helping the Bucs defend their title this season.