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NFL free agency: The Buccaneers released playoff hero Leonard Fournette and tight end Cameron Brett

Leonard Fournette will be looking for a new team this season after being cut by the Bucs. (AP Photo/Peter Jonleet)

Playoff Lenny may need to adopt a new nickname, at least for a few weeks. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers severed ties with running back Leonard Fournette and tight end Cameron Brett, the team announced Friday.

Both players will become free agents.

Fournette, 28, turned in three productive years with the Bucs after joining the team just before the 2020 NFL season. Fournette’s workload was limited throughout the 2020 regular season, but he emerged as a key weapon for the Bucs during the team’s playoff run. Fournette scored a touchdown in all four games as the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl.

He was installed as the team’s full-time starter in 2021 and rushed for 812 yards and eight touchdowns. Fournette also had 454 receiving yards and added two receiving touchdowns. Fournette still played a large role in the team’s offense in 2022, but as the season progressed, missed some playing time to rookie Rachad White.

Cameron Brett released by Buccaneers after nine seasons

Brett leaves the Bucs after nine years with the franchise. Brett, 31, originally joined the team in 2014. He caught just one pass in his rookie season. Brett caught 23 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns during his second season in the NFL.

He then went on to have his best season as a pro. Over the next two seasons, Brett caught 105 balls for 1,251 yards and 14 scores.

The Buccaneers selected tight end OJ Howard in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which limited Brett’s production. The team then signed Rob Gronkowski prior to the 2020 NFL season, placing Brett in a backup role.



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