Jaguars Cut Star Running Back
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Monday that they have waived running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette had been productive when he was on the field for the Jaguars, but there had also been some rough moments between him and the team.
The Jaguars failed to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason, and the team was pursuing a trade for the running back. According to league sources, the Jaguars were unable to field any real offers, and they decided to cut ties with Fournette after just three seasons.
Fournette racked up 2.631 yards and 17 touchdowns during his three seasons in Jacksonville, but the team expected more from the former LSU star. Jacksonville is entering a bit of a rebuilding phase, and that process will take place without Fournette.
Head coach Doug Marrone spoke to reporters on Monday morning and stated that the decision to waive Fournette was based on on-field performance only. Marrone believes that the Jaguars have enough other options at that position to stay competitive in 2020.
Jacksonville selected Fournette with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he helped the team reach the AFC Championship Game his rookie season. Things changed for Fournette and the team in 2018, and things have not recovered since.
Fournette was suspended for a game during his rookie season for leaving the team early during the bye week and for missing the team picture. Fines and suspensions occurred in 2018 as well, and the running back was considered to be out of playing shape by the end of the season.
Even though the Jaguars became frustrated by some of his actions off the field, he was still used heavily during his time in Jacksonville. According to ESPN, Fournette has racked up more than 30 percent of the team’s offensive yards since coming into the league.
Fournette will now be looking to clear waivers, which would make him a free agent. The running back is owed more than $4 million, and his new team would have to pay that amount to add him to their roster.
The star should gain some attention from teams around the league, especially after the season that he put together in 2019. Fournette ran for more than 1,100 yards and also caught 76 passes for 522 yards.
Ngakoue Traded to Vikings
The decision to cut Fournette was the second major move made by the Jaguars this weekend. Jacksonville has also agreed to send defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
Ngakoue was given the franchise tag by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he will instead spend the 2020 season in the NFC North. The Vikings were able to reach a deal with the star defensive end that will see him make $12 million this season.
The Vikings will try to sign Ngakoue to a long-term deal at the end of the 2020 season, but a deal cannot be completed until next year’s free agency period. Ngakoue did not sign the franchise tender before the July 15 deadline, making him eligible to receive only one-year deals.
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