Running back committees: Gio Bernard, Jeremy Hill return to timeshare
NOV 25, 12:35p ET | John Halpin
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 2:47p ET
News: The Bucs have offered Rainey a $1.54 million contract tender, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Impact: The offer gives the Bucs the right to match any offer from another team, so in the absence of such a scenario, Rainey is in line to return to the Bucs' backfield mix (which also includes Doug Martin and Charles Sims) in 2015.
Rotowire: Jan 5 / 2:49p ET
News: Rainey finished the 2014 season with 94 carries for 406 yards and one rushing touchdown. He also caught 33 passes for 315 yards and added a touchdown receiving.
Impact: Outside of a monster game against the Rams in Week 2, in which he gained 144 yards on the ground, Rainey was largely ineffective as a runner when the team used him. Through the air, the third-year veteran remained relevant as a pass catcher out of the backfield for much of the season. That was not the case, however, in the final two weeks, as Doug Martin and Charles Sims established themselves as the primary ballhandlers in the Buccaneers' backfield. Rainey's role with the team in 2015 will likely hinge on his ability to reprise his role as a return specialist.