Barner signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. Barner joined Tampa Bay's practice squad in mid-December and was elevated to the active roster for the final three games of the regular season. He had four carries for zero yards and also returned six punts for 47 yards. His likeliest path to a roster spot in 2022 will be as a return man, assuming he's able to stick around with the Bucs through the offseason.
Barner netted no gain on four carries and returned six punts for 47 yards across three games during the 2021 season. The veteran back has shuttled back and forth between the practice squad and active roster, most recently garnering active status for the wild-card win over the Eagles on Sunday but not recording any stats. Barner is essentially emergency depth for the Buccaneers, and as was evident Sunday, even injuries to the backfield's top two options far from guarantee he can see any action from scrimmage. Additionally, as long as Jaelon Darden is healthy, the speedy rookie appears to have the full-time return job secured, which cuts off Barner's primary route to even getting on the field.
Barner reverted to the Buccaneers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log. With both Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Ronald Jones (ankle) out for Sunday's wild-card round win over Philadelphia, Barner was elevated to provide depth in the backfield. Even in the blowout win, Barner did not record any stats.
Barner (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles. Tampa Bay bumped Barner up from the practice squad after Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Ronald Jones (ankle) were ruled out for the postseason opener, but the Buccaneers ultimately won't need the the 32-year-old to serve as a third option out of the backfield. Giovani Bernard (hip/knee), who was listed as questionable heading into the day, has been cleared to play for the first time since Week 14, and he'll serve as a change-of-pace option behind Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell.
The Buccaneers elevated Barner from their practice squad Saturday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Barner earned four carries as part of the active roster in Week 18 but recorded zero yards. He'll serve as depth in the backfield for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Eagles since Ronald Jones (ankle) and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will be unavailable.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|3||09/25||Green Bay Packers||8||14.78|
|4||10/02||Kansas City Chiefs||10||15.10|
|9||11/06||Los Angeles Rams||9||14.95|
|13||12/05||New Orleans Saints||2||13.18|
|14||12/11||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.60|
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|3 Year Avg||3||9||0||2||7||0||0|