Jaguars news: Leonard Fournette could attract interest of this NFC team
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Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette could attract interest of this NFC team

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could attract the interest of the Detroit Lions in the Leonard Fournette sweepstakes.

As the Jaguars look to unload Fournette heading in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Lions are emerging as a potential suitor. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Detroit could be a good fit for the 25-year-old running back.

“But he should have a home because you look at teams like the Detroit Lions (that) come to mind — they looked for running back help in free agency, it didn’t happen. Now, there’s a lot of good players in the draft, but they could go for a bruising back like Fournette to help (veteran quarterback) Matthew Stafford.”

Fowler explains why the Jaguars are looking to trade a running back coming off of a career season — and why there are character concerns with Fournette.

“The Jaguars are completely resetting here,” Fowler said. “They’re looking to shop good players to get more draft picks for this year and next. They’ve got 12 picks already for next week, so they are loaded up. And Fournette presents some challenges because it’s not the production — he’s a good player, he will have a market — his talks will intensify in the coming days leading up to the draft.

“But there are some character concerns. He’s had some issues with coaches there in Jacksonville. So I’m told, from people who have worked with him, if you go into a new locker room, there could be some problems, potentially.”

The LSU product ran for 1,152 yards on 4.5 yards per carry with 76 receptions for 522 receiving yards. Those are all career highs.

However, the character concerns, along with Fournette’s public clamoring for the signing of Cam Newton, may lead to his quick exit from Jacksonville.