JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived functioning again Leonard Fournette, a spectacular final decision that receives the group closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure.
The workforce invested months making an attempt to trade the fourth over-all decide on in the 2017 NFL draft. But no one particular anticipated Jacksonville to element ways with him a lot less than two weeks right before the opener.
If Fournette clears waivers, he would come to be a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary this year if anyone statements him.
Coaches grew worn out of working with Fournette, whose expertise never ever matched his baggage.
The 25-12 months-previous managing back again is coming off a profession year, while. He topped 1,600 yards from scrimmage in 15 game titles last season, carrying 265 periods for 1,152 yards and catching 76 passes for 522 yards. He only scored 3 touchdowns. He also fumbled just when in 341 touches.
The previous LSU star has 2,631 yards dashing, 1,009 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns in three seasons because he was now-fired staff chief Coughlin’s initial draft select because returning to Jacksonville.
Coughlin required Fournette as the centerpiece of his aged-college, run-first philosophy. It labored in 2017, despite the fact that it turned apparent that Fournette required to be a better professional. He was fined repeatedly for getting late and skipping obligatory features.
Fournette’s tenure in Jacksonville took a transform in 2018, which ended up becoming the worst year of his soccer lifetime. He was hurt, suspended and on the bench in crunch time. He was fined, criticized and admittedly not in best condition late in the calendar year.
The Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees in his rookie deal subsequent his just one-video game suspension for fighting with Buffalo linebacker Shaq Lawson, and Coughlin ripped him for currently being “disrespectful” and “selfish” for sitting down on the bench — whilst hurt and inactive — for the duration of the period finale. Introducing to the chaos, Fournette was arrested in April 2019 for driving with a suspended license.
He bounced back again with his finest time past yr.
But with Coughlin fired, normal manager Dave Caldwell declined to decide on up the fifth-12 months selection in Fournette’s rookie offer.