Leonard Fournette files grievance against Jaguars for $4.167 million
Leonard Fournette was waived by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday and he’s attempting to recoup some of the money he believes is owed to him. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fournette is filing a grievance against the Jaguars for $4.167 million.
Former Jaguars’ RB Leonard Fournette officially has filed a grievance against Jacksonville to try to recoup the $4.167 million in base salary that the team voided, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2020
Fournette was entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2020 before being waived by the Jaguars. Prior to his sudden release, Fournette was scheduled to make $4.167 million this season.
Instead of paying him the money he was set to make, Jacksonville voided the final year of his deal. Therefore, the former first-round pick is looking to get the money that was remaining on his former contract back.
Back in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected Fournette with the No. 4 pick out of LSU. Looking back on it, even though the team believed in Blake Bortles under center at the time, Jacksonville missed out on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson due to them taking the star Tigers rusher. Even Christian McCaffrey was taken four picks after Fournette was off of the board.
In his three years with the Jaguars, Fournette produced two seasons of 200-plus carries and over 1,000 rushing yards. Just a season ago, he also notched a career-high 76 receptions for 522 yards. Despite his supposed improvements as a receiver, Fournette just doesn’t seem to fit in a modern NFL offense.
Throughout the past couple of years, the Jaguars and Fournette haven’t had the best of relationships on or off the field. Earlier this offseason, Jacksonville attempted to trade him but failed to find a team that expressed interest. While he searches for a new team in 2020, Fournette is longing to receive the money that he was supposed to make this season.