Jaguars cut ties with Leonard Fournette after three seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Leonard Fournette. He spent three seasons with the team.

He was a first-round pick by the team in 2017. However, he has clashed with the front office during his tenure.

Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette receives a hand off from Gardner Minshew II during training camp
Leonard Fournette receives a hand off from Gardner Minshew II during training camp (Photo by The Florida Times-Union via the Associated Press/Bob Self)

In fact, due to his actions, it led to clashes primarily with former executive Tom Coughlin, who had guarantees voided in Fournette’s contract. The Jaguars hope that they can win the grievance.

If they are successful with their case, it’ll mean the Jaguars will get their some money back.

Fournette is scheduled to make $4 million this season before becoming a free agent at the end of the season. His fifth-year option was not picked up by the Jaguars in May.

The Jaguars attempted to trade Fournette in the spring and summer. However, no deal was out there to be made.

“We’re really just trying to take the team and put the best team together for what we’ve seen in our practices,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. “I think it gives us the best opportunity with the skillsets we have, with the other players in there. I just thought that was the best for the team.

“I challenged everyone around me, ‘Let’s go off what we see. Let’s take names, take draft picks, off the table. Let’s put them on the field and see who the best players are.’ That was my goal. That was my responsibility and that’s what I feel I’m doing.”

With Fournette no longer in the mix, Ryquell Armstead could be the team’s featured back. He had just 108 yards during his rookie season in 2019.

Armstead is now listed as their top back on several depth chart sites.

It should not take long for Fournette to find a new job. He could sign with the Seattle Seahawks or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are both expected to be the front-runners for his services.

The 25-year-old back appeared in 15 games, including 15 starts in 2019. He had 265 carries for 1,152 yards and three touchdowns.

Fournette also had 76 receptions for 522 yards.

In his young NFL career, he has appeared in 36 games, including 36 starts. He has 666 carries for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns.

As a receiver, he has made 134 receptions for 1,009 yards and two touchdowns.

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