New England Patriots

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) walks on the field during training camp at Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Leonard Fournette sweepstakes, as the 25-year-old running back has decided to join the Bucs on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Fournette, released by the Jags on Monday and clearing waivers on Tuesday, hit the open market drawing interest from the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, according to multiple reports.

But in the end, Fournette decided to join Brady and the Bucs, joining a backfield with LeSean McCoy and Ronald Jones II.

It’s just another weapon for a Brady-led offense that also features the superstar one-two of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin at wideout, along with O.J. Howard and the unretired Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

The No. 4 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft, Fournette rushed for a career-high 1,152 yards in 15 games for the Jags in 2019, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, 76.8 yards per game, and finding the endzone on the ground three times by the year’s end. Fournette also set career-highs in receptions (76) and receiving yards (522 yards) in his 2019 run.

The Patriots, meanwhile, will have to stick with and sort out a backfield currently featuring Sony Michel, James White, Rex Burkhead, second-year pro Damien Harris, and veteran camp addition Lamar Miller.

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