Bucs re-signed RB Peyton Barber to a one-year, $2.125 million contract.
A restricted free agent, Barber was not tendered but received a contract worth slightly more than the original-pick designation. The Bucs’ ho-hum starter last year, Barber managed 3.7 yards per carry with only 20 catches. He would be better off as Tampa Bay’s top backup in 2019.
Peyton Barber rushed 15 times for 66 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of two in Tampa Bay’s Week 17 loss to Atlanta.
Starting all 16 games, Barber managed 963 total yards with six touchdowns, holding off second-round disappointment Ronald Jones for primary back work but losing passing-down opportunities to Jacquizz Rodgers. Barber has fallen below 4.0 yards per carry in back-to-back years. An impending restricted free agent, Barber should have to compete to keep his starting job in 2019.
Peyton Barber rushed 17 times for 43 yards in the Bucs’ Week 16 loss to the Cowboys.
He caught all three of his targets for 13 yards and had several other touches called back on penalties. Barber is about as useless as they come if he doesn’t score touchdowns because he cannot break any big plays. Finding a playmaker running back should be a top order of business for the Bucs in the offseason if they have decided second-round rookie Ronald Jones is not the answer. Barber will round out 2018 with the Falcons in Week 17.