RB - JAC
The Jaguars are declining Leonard Fournette’s fifth-year option and he should become a free agent after the 2020 season.
Fournette reportedly has been shopped around by the Jaguars all off-season. The team has declined his fifth-year option as they are ready to move on from the 25-year old running back. He could be traded at some point this season, but for now Fournette will remain in Jacksonville for at least one more season. Fournette logged 265 carries for 1,152 yards and three touchdowns across 15 games in 2019. He is currently 17th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Jeremy Fowler is reporting that on Draft Day, discussions regarding a trade for Leonard Fournette have had "zero movement."
Fournette has been the biggest name on the trading block for the last couple of weeks, but it appears that no deal has been enticing enough to pull the star running back out of Jacksonville quite yet. Because a lot of teams have expressed interest there's a possibility that the Jaguars package him with the 9th or 20th pick during the first round of Thursday's draft, but the it seems less likely than it did a few days ago. Jeremy Fowler is also reporting that many people expect to see a lot of movement on Friday, after Day 1 is in the books.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Buccaneers are not expected to trade for Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette.
Anderson adds that Tampa Bay feels there is enough depth in this week's draft to add a back with high-end receiving ability. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported early this morning that the Jaguars have been discussing a possible Fournette trade with teams for "more than a month". Jacksonville seems motivated to move the former fourth overall draft pick this week, but it remains to be seen if any team wants to give up assets to acquire him. Winding up in a timeshare could be a massive blow to his 2020 fantasy value.
Sources tell ESPN that the Jaguars have had discussions with multiple teams about trading star RB Leonard Fournette.
This is the first time we’re hearing of rumors swirling around Fournette being on the trade block, but it could make sense for a rebuilding Jaguars team and another team that is in “win-now” mode. Fournette is due just $4.16M in base salary in 2020 and could immediately help a team with a need at running back. He’s coming off a monster year in his third season with Jacksonville, rushing for 1,152 yards and three TDs on 265 carries. Fournette also had 100 targets in the passing game, catching 76 balls for 500 yards. Keep an eye on this development regarding the 25-year old out of LSU leading up to the Draft.
Leonard Fournette (illness, neck) is officially inactive for Jacksonville's Week 17 game against the Colts.
Fournette broke the news late this week that he is dealing with an illness that will keep him sidelined Sunday. Ryquell Armstead will lead the Jaguars' backfield in Fournette's absence.
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