It’s the last day for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with rival suitors, and barring some unexpected late drama, it looks like most of those players will simply return to their current teams. The latest RFA to sign his tender from his club is running back Bobby Rainey, according to a press release from the Buccaneers.
Rainey, 27, assumed the role of lead running back in Tampa Bay for several games during the 2013 season, accumulating a total of 566 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns on the season for the Browns and Buccaneers. He received fewer carries for the Bucs in 2014, but improved his yards per carry average (from 3.8 to 4.3), and increased his receptions from 15 to 33. Rainey received an original-round tender from Tampa Bay, so he’ll earn a $1.542MM salary for 2015.
With Rainey now under contract for the coming season, seven restricted free agents remain unsigned. Here are the players who have yet to ink their respective RFA tenders:
- Tony Carter, CB (Broncos): Original-round tender
- Jerrell Freeman, LB (Colts): Second-round tender
- Tashaun Gipson, S (Browns): Second-round tender
- Robert Golden, S (Steelers): Original-round tender
- Damon Harrison, DT (Jets): Second-round tender
- Jermaine Kearse, WR (Seahawks): Second-round tender
- Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, DT (Browns): Original-round tender