BOSTON (CBS) — Fresh off a dominant Super Bowl win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adding talent.
The team added veteran running back Giovani Bernard on Monday, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The report noted that Tom Brady — along with head coach Bruce Arians — “personally recruited” Bernard to join up with the Super Bowl champs in Tampa.READ MORE: Butler Strong Down Stretch, Heat Hold Off Celtics 130-124
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, 2021READ MORE: Devers, Renfroe HR, Lead Pivetta, Red Sox Past Orioles 4-3
Bernard, 29, played eight seasons for the Bengals, who drafted him with the 37th overall pick in 2013. He’s been a threat as a runner and a pass catcher throughout his career, averaging 4.0 yards per rushing attempt and 8.4 yards per reception. He’s coming off a decent bounceback season in 2020, when he amassed 771 yards from scrimmage with six touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving).
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Bernard will join up with running backs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, who was also personally recruited by Brady last year and helped the Bucs win that Super Bowl. The Buccaneers have also re-signed wide receiver Chris Godwin (on the franchise tag) and tight end Rob Gronkowski, bringing back all of their contributors from the 2020 season except for Antonio Brown.