Tampa Bay Buccaneers

BUCCANEERS SIGN LEONARD FOURNETTE

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today signed running back Leonard Fournette and center A.Q. Shipley.  

Fournette (6-0, 228), the No. 4 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, comes to Tampa Bay after spending three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2017-19). Over 36 career starts, Fournette rushed for 2,631 yards on 666 carries (4.0 avg.), adding 17 rushing touchdowns. In the passing game, Fournette hauled in 134 receptions for 1,009 yards and two touchdowns.

In 2019, Fournette racked up 1,674 all-purpose yards, which ranked sixth in the NFL among all players and fifth among running backs. He also ranked sixth in rushing, with a career-best 1,152 yards, marking the second time he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the past three seasons. Fournette's 76 receptions and 522 receiving yards a year ago each ranked fifth among running backs.

During his rookie year in 2017, Fournette led all first-year players with nine rushing touchdowns, which tied for the third-most in the NFL among all players that season. He also rushed for 1,040 rushing yards during his rookie campaign – the second-most yards by a rookie in 2017 and the eighth-most in the league. Fournette is one of just 10 players with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons since 2017. A native of New Orleans, Fournette played collegiately at Louisiana State. He will wear No. 28 for Tampa Bay.

Shipley (6-1, 307) originally signed with Tampa Bay on Aug. 27 before being released on Sept. 5. He spent the last five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2015-19), appearing in 60 games and making 51 starts. He started all 16 games in three of his last four seasons with the Cardinals. Originally a seventh-round selection (226th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft, Shipley has since spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. In his career, Shipley has played in 105 regular season games, with 70 starts. The Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, native played collegiately at Penn State. He wears No. 62 for Tampa Bay.

In addition, the Buccaneers placed wide receiver John Hurst and guard John Molchon on Injured Reserve (minor designation). Tampa Bay's roster stands at 53.

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