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The Jacksonville Jaguars surprisingly cut Leonard Fournet on Monday.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said the Jaguars had been trying to trade it for months to no avail.
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Jaguars coach Doug Marone asked Zoom in a media interview about attempts to trade Leonard Fournet: “We couldn̵7;t get anything. Fifth, sixth – nothing.” 💀💀💀
The 25-year-old was the NFL’s best pick of 2017 and impressed in his rookie campaign, running 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games. The Jaguars seem to have found their offensive center over the next decade, leaning on it and a solid defense on the way to port after the season.
The Jaguars had the New England Patriots on the ropes in the 2017 AFC Championship game, although they could not finish the job. From then on, things fell apart.
The Jags went only 5-11 in 2018, and Fournette appeared in just eight games, rushing for 439 yards and five touchdowns. Although injuries were a problem, he was also suspended for the team’s December 2 game against the Indianapolis Colts after entering a battle against the Buffalo Bills last week.
He won the wrath of the thenExecutive Vice President Tom Coughlin in Week 17.
Fournette doesn’t play in the game, but he doesn’t seem particularly interested in being sidelined, and the Jaguars employee snatched both him and a colleague who returns to TJ Yeldon for body language and disinterest.
“I am disappointed with the behavior of TJ Yeldon and Leonard Fournette today,” Coughlin told reporters. “They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was inappropriate for a professional footballer.”
The weight and conditioning of the LSU product was also reported to have been a problem during the 2018 campaign, according to ESPN’s Michael Diroko: “Inside the organization, there was growing frustration with the length of Furnet’s rehabilitation from tendon injury, and that time apparently affected his condition. “
This December, Furnet also threatened a Tennessee Titans fan, although he later said the hackler had bullied him with racial slander.
Nevertheless, the transgressions passed the boiling point for the Jaguars, and the team canceled the guarantees in his contract, claiming that stopping them made them null and void. This created a struggle between Fournette, NFLPA and Jaguars and it seems the player had no future in Jacksonville.
But Fournette had a solid year for the Jaguars in 2019 despite those past problems with the team, rushing for 1,152 yards and three results. He also caught 76 career passes for 522 yards, appearing in 15 games.
Fournette was a star at LSU and showed glimpses of excellence in his rookie season and campaign for 2019. It’s hard to imagine that he won’t be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market after his release.