Jaguars tried to trade Leonard Fournette during second day of draft

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Leonard Fournette‘s contract remains for sale. But no one wants it.

Via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union, Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell said that he was trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft during the second day of the 2020 draft. However, Caldwell could find no takers.

ESPN reported that, prior to the third round, the Jaguars tried to deal Fournette to the Buccaneers.

Fournette has a guaranteed salary of $4.1 million this season. His fifth-year option, at $8.48 million for 2021, can be exercised by May 3.

Teams that had been pegged as potential destinations but that drafted running backs include the Chiefs (Clyde Edwards-Helaire), the Lions (D’Andre Swift), the Colts (Jonathan Taylor), the Rams (Cam Akers), the Bills (Zack Moss), and the Steelers (Anthony McFarland).

If the Jaguars can’t trade Fournette, they’re stuck with the full $4.1 million, even if they cut him. His contract has no offset language as to the guarantee.

Jacksonville’s only hope would be to dust off the grievance regarding the effort to void his guarantees based on a 2018 suspension. Fournette challenged the move, but the litigation was tabled.

11 responses to “Jaguars tried to trade Leonard Fournette during second day of draft

  1. Fournette is a plodder, a locker room cancer and is going to want a huge and undeserved new contract soon. No one with a functioning human brain will want him.

  2. Apparently Dolphins tried to trade for him. So that must not want to get rid of him that bad. Glad it turned out like it did.

  3. He is worth 4.1MM, no reason to cut him.
    Let him play out the year, and leave.
    What did the Jags want in return?
    I can see giving up a 6th round pick if you need a RB.

    I don’t think I’d pick up his 5th year 8.5MM option, because he isn’t a player the team wants, and he’s not a great RB.

  4. Caldwell got a good hall trading Ramsey to LA. Ramsey is a shut down corner. Shut down corners are always in demand. For whatever reason Caldwell figured he would get the same type hall for trading Fournette. Caldwell is soo wrong in his thinking. This only goes to show how out of touch, and over his head, he truly is.

    The Jags need a change, and that change has to start at the top with Caldwell and Marone.

  5. Don’t exercise the 5th year option and RUN HIM INTO THE GROUND this season, if there is one!

  6. If the Jaguars can’t trade Fournette, they’re stuck with the full $4.1 million, even if they cut him. His contract has no offset language as to the guarantee.
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    And I thought all team today were smarter than that!

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