Report: Jaguars struggling to find trade partner for Leonard Fournette deal
The Jacksonville Jaguars are ready to deal Leonard Fournette. But it does not appear NFL teams are interested enough in the 25-year-old running back.
According to the latest report by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars have shopped Fournette in trade talks for well over a month. However, not a single NFL team is considered a taker at this point. That is rather troublesome considering the NFL Draft is due to take place this upcoming weekend from April 23 until April 25.
“The #Jaguars had trade talks centered around RB Leonard Fournette for more than a month, and they circled back with teams in the last three days, sources say. No takers yet. A sign Fournette could be headed out of Jacksonville before the 2020 season.”
News circulated over the weekend that Jacksonville was willing to trade the former No. 4 overall draft pick. Fournette is coming off of a banner year, a season in which he rushed for 1,152 yards on 4.5 yards per carry. He also hauled in a career-high 76 passes for 522 yards.
However, there are major concerns relating to Fournette’s character and maturity. It also doesn’t help that the young running back publicly vouched for the signing of free agent QB Cam Newton. That’s a problem because Jacksonville already has their starting QB in Gardner Minshew.
“Cam went to the Super Bowl,” Fournette said. “He’s a great guy. I’ve been knowing Cam for a minute now. And like I told some people that talked to me, it’s no disrespect to [Gardner Minshew]. I’m just trying to get in the best position as a team as we can [to] win.
That’s all that was about. Just friendly competition ’cause that brings out the best in people.”
The Jaguars have until May 4 to exercise their fifth-year option on Fournette. He is due to earn $4.6 million in base salary for the 2020 season.