The Jaguars announced Monday morning they have waived former top-ten RB Leonard Fournette.
We have waived RB Leonard Fournette.
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 31, 2020
Jacksonville was shopping Fournette back around the draft but didn’t find any takers even for a late-round pick. Still, it’s somewhat surprising they decided to make this decision now so close to the season.
Fournette will now go on waivers where another team will have a chance to claim him.
The team and Fournette are in the midst of a grievance over Jacksonville’s decision to void the guarantees in his contract.
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, and he was set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
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.