Doug Marrone confirms Jags voided Leonard Fournette’s guarantees

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A report on Sunday indicated that the Jaguars removed the remaining guarantees on running back Leonard Fournette‘s rookie deal as a result of the 2017 first-round pick’s suspension for leaving the bench to join a fight during a game against the Bills.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was asked about that report at a Monday press conference and Marrone confirmed, via Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, that the team made the move. Fournette can challenge the move, which affects the $7.1 million salary he’s set to make over the next two seasons.

If the guarantees are stripped from that money, the Jaguars would be able to cut Fournette with no financial repercussions. A likelier avenue to pursue would likely be an attempt to trade him to another team in hope of acquiring some draft compensation they can use toward building a better team than the one that was on the field in 2018.

Given that Fournette was chastised by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin at the end of an injury-plagued season marked by limited on-field production, taking one of those two routes and removing Fournette from the roster seems like a real possibility.

67 responses to “Doug Marrone confirms Jags voided Leonard Fournette’s guarantees

  1. He’s due 2.9MM so he will be back in 2019. Plus, the FO would look stupid cutting their #1 pick after 2 years.

    But if he has another year like this, the team may cut him instead of paying him 4.167

  2. So because he was sitting on the bench while he was injured and not playing, you find a loophole through his suspension (in which he was protecting his teammate)and void his guarantees?? SMH

  3. To think how disappointed I felt as a Panthers when when the Jags took him just in front of us and we had to settle for Christian McCaffery. Glad I’m not a GM.

  4. Wow. Hard to believe it’s come to this. I think he’s always going to be an injury prone player at the most injury prone position, and it seems he’s not overly eager to play through an injury.

    At this point I’d assume he plays elsewhere (or sits elsewhere) next season.

  5. indiapalealeblog says:
    December 31, 2018 at 11:56 am
    He’s due 2.9MM so he will be back in 2019. Plus, the FO would look stupid cutting their #1 pick after 2 years.
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    Our FO already looks stupid for innumerable reasons. No worries there.

    A perfect fit for the Cowboys for a #3. Take the load off Zeke, provide injury/suspension insurance for Zeke, etc. Oh wait, LF27 is either injured or suspended most of the time himself.

  6. AutonomousThinker7 says:

    So because he was sitting on the bench while he was injured and not playing, you find a loophole through his suspension (in which he was protecting his teammate)and void his guarantees?? SMH

    Reading is hard…

    the Jaguars removed the remaining guarantees on running back Leonard Fournette‘s rookie deal as a result of the 2017 first-round pick’s suspension for leaving the bench to join a fight during a game against the Bills.

  7. When talking running backs I’d almost rather have a guy like Chris Carson who was a very late round draft pick and nobody knows. He has every incentive to work his butt off to become what he was dreaming the other night.

    Meanwhile Leonard fournette is already a superstar in his mind…no more pain for him…that is too hard.

  8. They are looking to trade him. You don’t cut a player’s salary if you want him to be motivated on your team. They’re making his salary less of a road block for another team to take the trade bait.

  9. So what kind of trade value would he have? His contract isn’t for much $, but he’s proven to be a malcontent and injury prone. If I were a GM, I don’t think I’d even want to give up a 5th or 6th for him. I’d rather just draft a young hungry guy.

  10. One poster thinks Fornette is getting a raw deal. Hilarious. It is well past time players be held to the same standard as every other person with a job in this country. The players get away with murder (literally). If you acted 1% as bad as these childish and immature players, you would be standing in an unemployment line. If you acted that way as often as some players, you would be on welfare because no employer would find your job skills worth the trouble.

  11. They aren’t going to get much for him. If I were a team I’d pass and just draft a RB on the second day. It’d be better than Fragile Fournette and his attitude. He’s guaranteed to miss eight games a year.

    Some team might agree to a conditional pick or maybe a third-day pick but that’s about it. The Jags will take a cap hit of almost $9M (prorated signing bonus) if they part ways with him too but getting rid of Bortles will save them $14M so that will make up for it.

    Fournette has played in 21 games and made nearly $20M. Is it any wonder these guys have no motivation?

  12. I love this move. This bum has been selfish SOB from the minute he arrived. I’d love for them to cut his behind and send a message to these kids that they need to get their act together.
    Time to set the precedent that this cannot and will not be tolerated.

  13. How common is this practice? There are guys who get multi game suspensions for the substance abuse policy who don’t get their guarantees voided.

    It smacks of Jacksonville having buyer’s remorse on taking Fournette so high when the average fan could tell you that an RB’s shelf life is so short that you only grab one high if you have the line or QB to take advantage of them immediately.

  14. I’m here to publicly announce that I was dead wrong on Fournette and McCaffrey. I thought McCaffrey was nothing more than a glorified scatback…I was dead wrong

  15. So who gets axed for drafting him? Could of had Watson or Mahomes. Oh that’s right, the entire “brain-trust” is coming back.

  16. Fournette is a middle of the road back. He’s an injury prone, plodding, me-first running back who can be found in free agency any year. He is not a game changer and lacks versatility so cutting their losses now makes sense.

  17. Sounds like a plan. He made it easier for them to correct a bad draft choice. And they had the sense to protect themselves with escape clauses. He screwed up.

  18. If he becomes available I wouldn’t mind the Steelers picking him up. He is the kind of power RB that the city loves. In the right role and if his head is screwed on right, he could be the next Bus in Pittsburgh.

  19. his salary was not cut. Just the guarantee was removed. He’s still:

    — Under contract

    — Due the full amount of his deal; provided he’s on the team.

    He should be highly motivated to EARN the money he’s due.

  20. I’m no Fournette fan but I don’t like that teams can get out of these guarantees for any old suspension. It would be understandable for suspensions related to off-field issues like legal troubles. But for an on field fight? Don’t like it one bit. Team should be stuck in the bed they made for themselves.

  21. There’s any one of at least ten teams that will absolutely give them something for someone with his “potential.”

    It might be a box of rocks, but they’ll get something….

  22. vaphinfan says:
    December 31, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    No way he gets cut or traded. Coughlin understands the importance of having a big rb.
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    Uhh- at this point I don’t see any evidence Coughlin knows the importance of anything football related.

  23. Derrick Henry got his 99 yard TD…because on 4th and Goal at the 1yd line Fournette got tackled by one hand touching his shoe…literally a “shoe-string” tackle!!! #Pathetic… I’d have cut my losses right there…

  24. Who cares! It’s Jacksonsville…the only owner willing to give up a home game to play in Europe. Soon the Jags will play four home game in Jacksonville and 4 in London.

  25. Leonard: Hi, my name is Common Sense. You’re blessed to be where you are in life, but you’re damning it up. Get with the program, or before long you’ll be hanging out in the same neighborhood as Jamarcus Russell. (Who’s he? Google the name.)

  26. razzlejag says:
    December 31, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    indiapalealeblog says:
    December 31, 2018 at 11:56 am
    He’s due 2.9MM so he will be back in 2019. Plus, the FO would look stupid cutting their #1 pick after 2 years.

    The head coach wouldn’t come out and confirm contract details unless they wanted to drum up some trade interest. I would be shocked if he was cut outright with nothing coming back. He is a talented back

  27. It’s just business!!! I always say treat your career like a business because the organization is always gonna do the same thing. You really want players to just give hometown discounts? You want players to sign franchise tags and be happy? This is the exact reason why players can’t do this. Screw them before they screw you becasue in the end as a player you have a limited shelf life. Sorry Leonard but this is a example of a team making a business decision. Why do you think they put the clause into the contract. Good luck on the appeal lol.

  28. I watch LSU religiously and I was always way more impressed with Derrius Guice than Fornette. If he’s still the same back when he returns from his ACL injury next year, the Redskins running game will be strong.

  29. teke184 said:

    “How common is this practice? There are guys who get multi game suspensions for the substance abuse policy who don’t get their guarantees voided.

    It smacks of Jacksonville having buyer’s remorse on taking Fournette so high when the average fan could tell you that an RB’s shelf life is so short that you only grab one high if you have the line or QB to take advantage of them immediately.”

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    I was wondering the same thing. I can’t think of any other recent example when a team had voided any guarantees in a player’s contract. I’m sure a team can’t do it at will, otherwise teams would do it left and right. I assume there was a clause in Fournette’s rookie deal that said if he was ever suspended during the length of his contract, the Jaguars could void his guarantees.

  30. That’s going to get the word out to every free agent in the NFL. This is how you’ll be treated in Jacksonville. If your agent is telling you to sign with the Jags, look for a new agent.

  31. There’s no way the players union is going to take that lying down. I’d expect a big legal challenge on LF’s behalf as that would establish a precedent. Now also considering Coughlin’s comments, dude will be traded for a 4th or 5th round pick soon. You’d want to get more but he’s injury prone now and coming off a subpar season. Maybe some really RB hungry team offers up a 3rd rounder at best.

  32. But SEC players are allegedly the best ever……NOT!
    ===========================

    The SEC has the most NFL players on NFL rosters and it’s not even close. With Alabama and LSU being the top SEC schools with players on NFL rosters.

  33. Coughlin only made this move to take the focus on all the other mistakes he made. The composition of the roster this year and extension of Bortles are all him.

    If the Jags were seriously going to void his guarantees over the brawl, they had a month to do it. This is all sleight of hand to take the focus away from what an embarrassment the team is.

  34. A bad team getting better by trading best offensive player. no wonder the 1 year wonder came back down to earth

  35. Coughlin is a jerk. Good coach but a jerk. You picked the guy, if he’s not behaving correctly thats your fault too

  36. If I was a young player I would avoid going to Jacksonville. Finding loopholes in contracts to get out of rookie guarantees is lower than a guy laughing on the bench for a game with zero meaning.

    The young RB will get his chance with a team with a QB or offensive line.

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