• Brian L. Barefield

Weight Gain Has Buccaneers Coaches Concerned About RB Leonard Fournette Heading Into Training Camp

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It looks like Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette used some of his three-year $21 million contract with $12 million guaranteed to take advantage of some of that good cooking back home in Louisiana.

Fournette did not attend Buccaneers OTA’s this offseason but did show up for mandatory minicamp weighing an enormous 260 pounds. According to the Tampa Bay Times journalist Rick Stroud, his coaches were not happy.

On his Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast, Stroud had this to say:

“Coaches were not happy, and that’s an understatement, when (Fournette) didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing damn near 260 (pounds). And that’s not a good sign for a guy that you’ve just spent a three-year contract on.”

The former LSU Tiger finished 2021 with 1,264 yards combined from scrimmage, with ten total touchdowns.

With training camp scheduled to start for Tampa Bay on July 27, most in Fournette’s camp are not worried about him getting back to his playing weight of 228 pounds.

Tampa Bay is positioned to make another Super Bowl run with future first-ballot NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady coming out of retirement this past offseason.

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