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Leonard Fournette signs rookie deal with Jaguars

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Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said recently that even though running back Leonard Fournette showed the team enough to be the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft, he needs to show them more before he’ll move into the starting lineup ahead of Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.

He also needs to have a signed contract. Fournette took care of that on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the four years of the deal — the Jaguars own a team option for a fifth year — are fully guaranteed and that the contract does not contain offsets.

Despite Marrone’s comments, it would come as a pretty great surprise if anyone other than Fournette is the lead back for the Jaguars this year. The team wants to make life easier for quarterback Blake Bortles by improving the running game and they almost certainly would have added a different player if they thought the incumbent backs could get that done.

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7 Responses to “Leonard Fournette signs rookie deal with Jaguars”
  1. therealraider says: May 17, 2017 3:59 PM

    3 things are certain in life. Death. Taxes. The Jaguars drafting in the top 5.

  2. noledawg22 says: May 17, 2017 4:12 PM

    Over 1200 yards this year?

  3. valarmorghullis says: May 17, 2017 4:12 PM

    good for him. 4-5 years of “Saint Doug” wearing him down mentally until he can’t stand playing for the team.

  4. sourwine15 says: May 17, 2017 4:47 PM

    May want to do some research there, valarmorghullid. Fournette is on record as saying he prefers a coach who is tough on him. So I think he’ll be ok. Thanks for your concern.

  5. bigugly2005 says: May 17, 2017 5:26 PM

    $10 bucks says Adrian Peterson outgains Fournette this year. Any takers?

  6. doctorpancake says: May 17, 2017 9:15 PM

    Great job, Jacksonville. Now you just need a Quarterback.

  7. teek77 says: May 18, 2017 1:35 AM

    My expection of Fournette is that he will out with some type of injury before Week 10 unless he refrains from trying to run over defensive linemen who are considerably larger and stronger than those that injured him in college. He is wished the best in his first season but Jaguar blocking will need to have approved significantly to make his success a possibility.

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