Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but the draft came and went with the former No. 4 overall pick remaining in Jacksonville.
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that there were “minor” trade talks involving Fournette, but they plan on him playing out the year as a member of their team.
“There were just some minor discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft,” Caldwell said. “I think the mindset is that we’re going to go forward with Leonard on the team. I had a good talk with him on Friday. I know Coach Marrone has had some discussion with him. He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind, and we feel that he’ll have a great season this year.”
“I’m sure they’ll be on the same page they’re both professional guys, and I’m sure a lot of it was taken out of context from my understanding,” Caldwell said. “Gardner’s a tremendous leader and I think Leonard will do his best and put his best foot forward I don’t, to my knowledge, I don’t know what’s taken place but I’m sure it won’t be an issue.”
Fournette, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Jaguars back in 2017. He is entering the final year of his four-year, $27.15 million contract that’s fully guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $4.16 million for the 2020 season.
The Jaguars recently declined Fournette’s fifth-year option, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Fournette would free up $4,167,393 of available cap space while creating $4,471,524 in dead money.
In 2019, Fournette appeared in 15 games for the Jaguars and rushed for 1,152 yards on 265 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 76 receptions for 522 yards receiving and three total touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Fournette as the news is available.