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Bucs fill a need at running back on the first day of the draft…but it’s Charles Sims, who agrees to a 1-year deal

The Bucs landed a running back on the first day of the NFL draft.

It wasn't Saquon Barkley or Sony Michel or Derrius Guice. Not just yet, anyway.

Tampa Bay reached an agreement on a one-year contract with Charles Sims.

The 27-year-old Sims was a third-round pick of the Bucs out of West Virginia in 2014. He was an unrestricted free agent after rushing for 958 yards and two touchdowns in four seasons with Tampa Bay.

Sims played in all 16 games last season but had a career-low 21 rushing attempts for 95 yards. He has been more effective as a receiver, with 129 career receptions for 1,190 and six touchdowns.

Sims best season came in 2015, when he rushed for 529 yards and had 51 catches for 561 yards and four touchdowns. In 2016, Sims was plagued by a knee injury and appeared in only seven games.

Question of the day: does this mean the Bucs won't draft a running back this week?

No. Tampa Bay typically carries four of them on the 53-man roster. If Barkley were to somehow fall to the Bucs at No. 7, it would be shocking to see them pass the Penn State star up because they have Sims back in the fold.

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