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Buccaneers, RB Rainey agree to one-year extension

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Running back Bobby Rainey signed a one-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Rainey was an exclusive-rights free agent, which meant the Bucs needed only to offer him a contract to keep his rights. The one-year extension puts him back on the traditional NFL cycle of being a restricted free agent after his third NFL season in the spring of 2015, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Rainey stepped into a starting role with the Buccaneers after starter Doug Martin and backup Mike James suffered injuries and rushed for 163 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns in his first extended playing time (Nov. 17 against the Atlanta Falcons). He also had a touchdown catch. He added a 127-yard game Week 14 in a win over the Buffalo Bills.

Rainey led the Buccaneers with 532 rushing yards in 2013.

The Western Kentucky standout started last season with the Cleveland Browns and entered the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens.
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