Jaguars release Leonard Fournette

August 31, 2020
By DJ Jarvis

In a shocking move first thing on Monday morning, the Jaguars released former fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette.

Fournette was due to make $8,638,917 on the final year of his rookie deal, the Jaguars save $4,167,363.

This comes a day after trading Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings and giving left guard Andrew Norwell an extension.

Fournette was FFS’s No. 18 ranked running back going into the 2020 season.

In three seasons with the Jaguars, Fournette rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He also had multiple run-ins with management during his time in Duvall County, being ejected for fights with opponents and refs and being suspended for having too much fun on the bench during a loss.

The Jaguars will now count on second-year running back Ryquell Armstead who ran for 108 yards on 35 carries in 2019.

They also added pass-catching back Chris Thompson in the offseason who will take over the passing downs for the Jaguars.

Not knowing what the running back split is going to look like now, it would be hard to trust Armstead in a fantasy draft, but if Thompson can get the kind of touches he did in Washington, he is worth late-round flier in full-point PPR leagues.

Second-year player Devin Ozigbo is an interesting player to add to your watch list, he had nine carries for 27 yards in one game a year ago and could find himself in the rotation at running back.

As far as where Fournette ends up, your guess is as good as mine.

Fournette would be a welcome upgrade in Tampa Bay, New England, Washington and Chicago.

This story will be updated when Fournette lands on his feet somewhere.

Michael Fabino is reporting that sources close to the situation say that Fournette is interested in re-uniting with former Jaguar teammate Jalen Ramsey in Los Angeles, where the Rams have a loaded backfield with Cam Akers, Darrel Henderson and Malcolm Brown.