Former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is a free agent after being unclaimed on waivers
The Jacksonville Jaguars made headlines with their decision to release running back Leonard Fournette. He has officially become a free agent after clearing waivers, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:
Leonard Fournette cleared waivers, per source. He’s a free agent.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 1, 2020
Any team that opted to sign Fournette off waivers would have had to pick up his contract along with him. They will now be free to negotiate a new, potential deal since he is on the market. Regardless, this has not stopped Leonard Fournette from seeking out his due and proper after filing a grievance against the Jaguars for the $4.167 million he feels is owed to him for the final year of his rookie contract.
Head coach Doug Marrone indicated that there were not any teams willing to negotiate a potential trade for Leonard Fournette, which is why the Jaguars decided to waive him. However, it is safe to assume that there will be no shortage of potential suitors now the he has hit the open market.
Despite his tumultuous tenure in Jacksonville, Leonard Fournette remained as the centerpiece of their offense ever since he was taken with the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He managed to rush for over 1,000 yards in two of his first three seasons, which included a 2019 campaign that saw him register 1,152 yards and three touchdowns while tacking on 76 receptions for 522 yards.
Leonard Fournette may have to sign a short-term deal that allows him to prove he is still capable of putting up elite numbers. It may also need to be a team that is willing to pay him big money should he give them some bang for their buck.