Tampa Bay Buccaneers score again with Giovani Bernard signing

The past 13 months have gone pretty swimmingly for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It started when the team signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady back in March of 2020. It pretty much culminated with Tampa Bay pulling off an upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs in February’s Super Bowl.

That has been followed up by the Buccaneers doing major work during NFL free agency to retain pretty much their entire core group. In fact, the Bucs are bringing back all 22 starters from their championship season.

They’ve now added an outside free agent who is prepared to take the Buccaneers’ offense to the next level. According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, Tampa Bay has signed veteran running back Giovani Bernard.

Recently released by the Cincinnati Bengals, the 29-year-old Bernard adds another dimension to the Buccaneers’ offense. The former second-round pick from North Carolina is averaging north of 820 total yards throughout his eight-year career. He’s also recorded a whopping 342 receptions during that span.

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Impact of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signing Giovani Bernard

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Giovani Bernard
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) takes the field as he’s announced before the first quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. The Ravens led 17-3 at half time. Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals

It was earlier this offseason that Tampa Bay brought back Leonard Fournette after the former top-five pick showed out big time for the team during its playoff run. After finding himself benched during the regular season, the 26-year-old Fournette put up 448 total yards in four playoff games, including 135 yards in Super Bowl LV.

The Buccaneers also have former second-round pick Ronald Jones on the roster. The USC product led Tampa Bay with 978 rushing yards during the 2020 regular season.

It goes without saying that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now absolutely stacked on offense. This three-headed monster in the backfield is going to dominate opposing defenses. The presence of Rob Gronkowski at tight end coupled with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans at wide receiver makes the Bucs’ offense nearly unstoppable with a still-vibrant Tom Brady leading the charge.

Adding a dual-threat back like Giovani Bernard to the mix brings this to an entirely new level. Yeah, general manager Jason Licht continues to do work in Tampa.