Bernard returning to Bucs on 1-year deal

Posted: 01/04/2022 in NFL
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are re-signing running back Giovani Bernard to a one-year deal, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Bernard reportedly had offers from multiple teams this offseason but chose to return to Tampa Bay, where he was in 2021. His base salary in 2022 will be $1.12 million, according to The Athletic’s Greg Auman.

The 30-year-old, who spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, joined the Buccaneers last year as a pass-catching weapon in the backfield for Tom Brady. He finished the campaign with 23 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns while carrying the ball only eight times through 12 appearances.

Bernard will provide depth to Tampa Bay behind running backs Leonard Fournette and Ke’Shawn Vaughn. The Bucs brought Fournette back this offseason but saw Ronald Jones sign with the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.

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