Bruce Arians discusses possibility of Bucs signing Leonard Fournette
Could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go after Leonard Fournette?
Not so fast, says head coach Bruce Arians. It sounds as though Arians wants to evaluate his team first before looking to sign the fourth-year pro:
“We’ll wait and see. He’s been a good player. We have to see where he fits.” Arians said.
Leonard Fournette has been a good player in his three years in the NFL thus far. Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft with the fourth overall pick, Fournette became the youngest player with a rushing touchdown of 90 yards or more in his rookie year, which is also the longest rushing play in Jaguars history. He also became the first Jaguar to rush for at least 100 yards in his NFL debut.
In spite of his off the field issues with the organization, the waiver comes as a surprise to many due to his production last season for the Jaguars. Fournette had his best season of his career in terms of yards in 2019, rushing for 1,152 yards while also having 522 receiving yards, the most in his NFL career on both fronts.
While Arians is focused on evaluating his current roster right now, he would be smart to give Leonard Fournette a look. Currently, the Buccaneers have Ronald Jones and LeSean McCoy as their running backs, not exactly top of the line rushers. Picking up Fournette would give new quarterback Tom Brady a much-needed rushing option, which would take some pressure off of the veteran quarterback.
Arians and the Buccaneers may just be waiting to see if there are any other teams interested in Fournette as a way to try to get the running back on the cheap. No other teams have commented on the potential of signing the running back.
Time will only tell where he lands.