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Bucs Agree to Terms with Leading Rusher Peyton Barber

The Buccaneers have agreed to terms with RB Peyton Barber on a one-year deal, avoiding the restricted free agency process and keeping their 2018 leading rusher in the fold


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with RB Peyton Barber, who led the team in rushing in 2018, on a one-year deal. The agreement was struck shortly before the start of free agency; had no deal been in place, the team could have extended a tender offer to Barber to make him a restricted free agent.

Barber took over the Buccaneers' starting job in the backfield in 2018, his third season after initially arriving as an undrafted free agent out of Auburn in 2016. He started every game last year and produced a team-high and career-best 871 yards on 234 carries.

Despite his undrafted status, Barber made the active roster as a rookie and has remained there ever since. He has played in 47 of a possible 48 games over the last three seasons, logging 21 starts. Barber's three-season totals include 397 carries for 1,517 yards (3.8-yard average) and nine touchdowns, along with 41 receptions for 234 yards and another score. He fell just shy of recording 1,000 yards from scrimmage in 2018, adding 20 catches for 92 yards to finish at 963 overall. His six touchdowns tied for third on the team.

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