Dave Caldwell: Jaguars are going forward with Leonard Fournette

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The Jaguars had trade talks involving running back Leonard Fournette before and during the draft. It didn’t happen, and the team is now moving forward with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

“There were just some minor discussions with that but nothing substantial throughout the draft or prior to the draft,” G.M. Dave Caldwell told the #PFTPM podcast on Monday. “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.”

Last year, Fournette had more than 1,600 yards from scrimmage. But the Jaguars are in the process of implementing a new offense, one that possibly won’t be the best possible fit for Fournette.

There’s also a question of fit between Fournette and quarterback Gardner Minshew II. Fournette had publicly lobbied the team to sign Cam Newton, and coach Doug Marrone has acknowledged that the two players will have to find a way to work things out.

“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.”

It’s a bit of a stretch to say Fournette’s comments were taken out of context; he made a pitch for Newton to join the team. While in theory there’s still a chance Newton will, Fournette and his $4.1 million fully-guaranteed salary with no offset language apparently will be going nowhere.

24 responses to “Dave Caldwell: Jaguars are going forward with Leonard Fournette

  1. I actually was hoping he might end up a Seahawk. Not for any particular or specific reason. I always want all the good players on the Seahawks. If only the roster could be 180 players with no Cap Space……& only for the Seahawks. The rest of the teams would still be restricted to current levels. Yeah, that’s the ticket…..

  2. I hope he rushed for 1600 yards and 300 yard receiving. And he gives Marrone the finger on the way out the door.

  3. Im a Leonard Fournette fan, so long as hes on the Jags I’ll cheer for their success but they have not supported him well.

  4. We have that issue in Washington, too. Haskins openly lobbies on socaal media for the to sign players that the organization has absolutely no interest in; as if he’s Labron James or something.

    Hate to should hard, but teams need rules to quiet this for the good of the player and the organization.

    This is more NBA culture that these young players are trying to bring into the NFL and I hope it never happens. This kind of nonsense didn’t occur 20 years ago.

  5. In this day and age trying to trade a RB is like trying to sell a typewriter… you may occasionally find a buyer but they aren’t willing to give you much for it

  6. charliecharger says:
    May 5, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    Could it be possible that Fournette just really isn’t that bright?

    ———-

    You dont have to be bright to be an excellent player, but you know Leonard Fournette actually calls protection schemes for Minshew? Thats pretty rare and definitely takes some X’s and O’s knowledge on Fournette’s part.

  7. He could be one of the great ones on the right team it’s just not gonna be wth Jacksonville

  8. Fournette was overdarfted and ended up on a bad team. As a running back that is not a good situation. He has shown flashes…but has also been immature.

    I hope he has a good season…but he aint all that either. Shoulda kept his big mouth shut about Cam Newton too.

  9. Look at Caldwell’s draft picks the last several years. Nearly all of them are no longer with the team for one reason or another including several busts.

  10. His $4.1 million salary is not guaranteed till week 1. His guarantees were voided when he was suspended back in week 13 of 2018 season with the fight with Shaq Lawson.

  11. sbc2556 says:
    May 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm
    We have that issue in Washington, too. Haskins openly lobbies on socaal media for the to sign players that the organization has absolutely no interest in; as if he’s Labron James or something.

    Hate to should hard, but teams need rules to quiet this for the good of the player and the organization.

    This is more NBA culture that these young players are trying to bring into the NFL and I hope it never happens. This kind of nonsense didn’t occur 20 years ago.

    ——–

    You dont have to worry about ‘culture’ its logistics that will keep NFL different from the NBA. There are only about 300 NBA players in the world at a given time, in the NFL its over 2,000 and pro football is a meatgrinder. Leonard doesnt have the time to let management lollygag, he needs them to win games sooner. Cam Newton may not beat out Minshew but I guaruntee he’d improve the team if everyone was in accordance. If they go into the year with Josh Dobbs as backup Leonard should be po’d.

  12. I’m with Fornette… PLEASE pick up Cam….I really don’t want to see another story about how the Patriots need to sign him…. GOD NO PLEASE!!!!!

  13. Dave Caldwell is up there with Bob Quinn as the worst GM in the NFL. The Jags should have drafted a QB. Minshew is fools gold and is nothing more than a career back up.

  14. Fournette had over 1100 yards rushing and 76 catches last season. He is a good player.

  15. In other words, he called 31 other GMs about Fornette and they all said “bye Felicia”.

  16. His numbers (both 1000 yard seasons) are a byproduct of the Coughlin/Marrone offensive belief in pounding the ball/play conservative/stout defense. The one season he had missed out on a 1,000 yards, he was either suspended or injured, he is not durable.

    The 76 catches are more of a safety valve thing for a then rookie quarterback (Minshew). Nothing wrong with that per se, but his receptions/output vs. a McCaffrey style runner with 70+ catches/output paint a very different picture. Systems aside, the receptions don’t prove anything.

    With a new offensive system who knows? He’s a plodding, hesitant runner who needs A LOT of carries to be effective. Expecting him to be a game breaker type may be asking too much…

  17. Fournette will be gone after the season.
    And it’s not like Gardner Minshew had a good rookie year either.
    He’ll be the starter I guess, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Jags draft a QB next year.

  18. Look back at his career in college and NFL. Moody and frequently self-centered. Flashes of greatness and all sorts of ability. Hangnail is a 6+ game disability. In a word overall – unreliable!

  19. “He seems to be in great shape and mental frame of mind”

    Until he quits on your team….. Again.

  20. sbc2556 says:
    May 5, 2020 at 7:42 pm
    We have that issue in Washington, too. Haskins openly lobbies on socaal media for the to sign players that the organization has absolutely no interest in; as if he’s Labron James or something.

    Hate to should hard, but teams need rules to quiet this for the good of the player and the organization.

    This is more NBA culture that these young players are trying to bring into the NFL and I hope it never happens. This kind of nonsense didn’t occur 20 years ago.

    ————

    So takeaway their freedom of speech is what you’re saying?

  21. I’d sit out if I was Fournette
    They didn’t pick up the option
    Don’t risk it

  22. Just because you have the legal right to do or say something doesn’t mean its the right thing to do. Throwing your QB under the bus is poisonous to team cohesion and if a player is too stupid and/or immature to understand, replace him at earliest convience.

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