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Analyst suggests former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette joins AFC South rival

By meerna Jul11,2024
Analyst suggests former Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette joins AFC South rival

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Leonard Fournette is coming off a less-than-impressive stint with the Buffalo Bills, but he’s not ready to hang up his cleats just yet. He’s made it clear he wants to continue his career and has hired a new rep to make that happen. While there’s not much demand for Lenny’s services right now, Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports believes he’d be a good fit for three teams. One of them plays in the same division as the Jags.

Sullivan sees the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts as potential destinations for Fournette. All three teams have questions about the running back, so they could try him out if they wanted to.

If Fournette were to sign with the Colts, he would face Jacksonville twice next season. As Sullivan notes, Jonathan Taylor wasn’t as dominant as he was in 2021 because of injuries. His 2023 backup, Zach Moss, left for the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency, so Indy might want to have insurance in case the former Offensive Player of the Year doesn’t regain his former form.

Fournette, a fourth-round pick in 2017, is 29, so he may still have some gas in the tank. He had two 1,000-yard seasons in Jacksonville and became a key part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense when the Jags released him in 2020. On the other hand, he barely drew any interest from clubs last year and spent most of the season on the Bills’ practice squad.

Still, demand for Fournette could increase over the next two months if the team suffers a quarterback injury in training camp or if its players decide they need help (or a roster bolstering at the position).

Leonard Fournette topped the 1,000-yard mark as a rookie and was part of the Jaguars’ AFC Championship team. However, he averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry and was fined several times for showing up late or missing games entirely. He was also suspended several times during his time at Duval, once in 2017 for leaving the field early in BYE week and for fighting the following year.

Maybe if Fournette had become a mainstay of the offense, the pick wouldn’t have looked so bad, but the Jags were ready to get rid of him in 2020. They traded him this year but didn’t get any offers, so they cut him. His pick is even worse because the front office could have gone with a quarterback in 2017 but opted for a running back.

Ultimately, Fournette’s departure benefited both sides. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers, and the Jaguars found a suitable replacement (at least for a year) in James Robinson.

Now Fournette wants to show everyone he’s not done yet. Maybe he’ll get his chance, but there are no takers right now.

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