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Rams’ Jalen Ramsey shows support to Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette after release

Jalen Ramsey, Leonard Fournette, Rams, Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Leonard Fournette on Monday after three up-and-down seasons. Another former Jaguars star, Jalen Ramsey, had strong words of support for the newly unemployed tailback, who shared a locker room with Ramsey for two-plus seasons.

Leonard Fournette rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns as a Jag, but the franchise declined to pick up his fifth-year option. They reportedly pursued a trade for Fournette, to no avail.
“At the end of the day, we feel … the skill sets of the guys that we have [can replace Fournette], and really that’s what led to the decision,” Marrone explained after Fournette’s release.
“My question was, can we get any value? And we couldn’t get any,” Marrone added. “So, fifth-[rounder], sixth-[rounder] — we couldn’t get anything.”
Like Leonard Fournette, Ramsey grew disgruntled in Jacksonville. He was ultimately dealt to the Los Angeles Rams during the 2019 season after his relationship with the organization irrevocably soured.

If Leonard Fournette clears waivers, the 25-year old would become a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary this season if a team claims him.

Leonard Fournette released a statement expressing his gratitude to the Jaguars, the fans, and the city of Jacksonville.

I want to thank the city of Jacksonville and all of the fans for embracing me the past 3 seasons. We have been through some ups and downs but y’all have had my back through it all. You have my deepest respect and appreciation. I would like to thank the Jaguars organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. To all of my brothers in the locker room from 2017 until today, y’all are family for life.

A number of teams, including some contenders, are expected to be interested Leonard Fournette, a fourth-year back who has a great deal to prove in the NFL.