One of Clemson’s top stars from the early days of Dabo Swinney’s tenure is back in the NFL. After a year out of football, running back Andre Ellington has found his new team.
On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they had signed Ellington to a contract. He reunites with his former head coach, Bruce Arians, who took over the job earlier this year.
We have signed RB Andre Ellington.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 19, 2019
With Ellington leading the charge during his college days, the Tigers won three ACC Atlantic Division titles in four years. They claimed the ACC title in 2011 en route to an Orange Bowl appearance.
His final college stats were 621 carries for 3,436 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns with a 5.5 yards per carry average. He added another 59 catches for 505 yards and two touchdowns.
Ellington was eventually drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He went on to lead the league in yards per carry with 5.5 in his rookie season.
But after back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 yards from scrimmage, injuries and poor production limited Ellington from 2015 and on.
The Cardinals waived him in the middle of the 2017 season and he wound up on the Houston Texans for the remainders of the year.
Ellington was out of football in 2018.