Rodgers has yet to sign a contract this offseason, Geoffrey Arnold of The Oregonian reports.
Rodgers isn't expected to stay in Tampa Bay with a new coaching staff taking over, but he might consider following Dirk Koetter back to Atlanta. Whatever the case, it's likely the 29-year-old ends up battling for a roster spot if/when he signs with a new team. Rodgers remained competent as a pass catcher in 16 games for the Bucs last season, bringing in 38 of 45 targets (84.4 percent) for 304 yards without any touchdowns. He owns career marks of just 3.8 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per reception, but his 82.1 percent catch rate (216 of 263 targets) is excellent even for a running back.
Rodgers wrapped up the 2018 campaign in modest fashion, but the veteran was actually much more involved than what would have been expected prior to the season. In fact, Rodgers was no lock for a roster spot until Charles Sims went down with a knee issue in preseason and was subsequently released with an injury settlement. Rodgers ultimately saw action in all 17 games, although he failed to log any offensive touches in three contests overall. However, the veteran was often deployed as Peyton Barber's primary backup, given that rookie second-round pick Ronald Jones II had trouble staying healthy and was ineffective whenever he did log playing time. Rodgers finished with a modest 106 rushing yards and a touchdown on 33 carries (3.2 yards per rush), but he posted his best reception (38) and receiving yardage (304) totals since the 2013 campaign in Atlanta. A personal favorite of former coach Dirk Koetter from their time together with the Falcons, it remains to be seen if the new regime will be interested in bringing Rodgers, now an unrestricted free agent, back into the fold in 2019.
Rodgers' two-yard touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the first half was his first score on the ground since the regular-season opener against the Bears in 2017. Moreover, the veteran running back made his mark as a receiver out of the backfield, posting his second-best reception and receiving yardage totals of the campaign. Rodgers' production has naturally fluctuated this season as the primary backup to starter Peyton Barber, but his 37 receptions and 302 receiving yards on the season both rank as his third-highest figures in those categories over his eight-year career.
One game after logging eight touches from scrimmage, Rodgers was back to minimal involvement. The Buccaneers opted to give Peyton Barber all of the running back carries Sunday, and the Buccaneers' second-half deficit also forced them to turn more towards the passing game as the contest wore on. Rodgers also has ceded kickoff return duties to Bobo Wilson the last pair of contests, leaving him with negligible fantasy value.
Despite fellow back Ronald Jones II also being active, Rodgers outpaced his rookie teammate by 27 snaps from scrimmage and saw eight touches to Jones' none. The versatile veteran continues to offer solid production when called upon, especially in the passing game. Rodgers now has equaled his highest reception total since the 2013 season and appears set to remain in his current complementary role for the remainder of the campaign, especially given the gulf between his production and that of Jones.
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||5||129||560||4.3||45||2||3||29|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||64||244||3.8||36||1||1||11|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||33||106||3.2||20||1||1||7|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||5||13||98||7.5||21||0||1||0||3|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||9||74||8.2||15||0||0||0||4|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||38||304||8.0||24||0||1||0||13|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||11||255||23.2||45||0||1|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||52||17.3||21||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||4||3.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||6||4.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1||0||2||0||2||2||0|