Jaguars’ fight to void Leonard Fournette’s guarantees still isn’t resolved

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In late 2018, the Jaguars informed running back Leonard Fournette that the team would void the remaining salary guarantees under his contract. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the grievance filed by Fournette in response to that effort still has not been resolved.

With the Jaguars waiving Fournette (and assuming there isn’t an eleventh-hour trade or a waivers claim made), his $4.167 million salary hangs in the balance. If he’s waived and goes unclaimed, a win in the pending grievance would mean that Fournette is entitled to the full amount of the salary, with no offset for money earned elsewhere. (The Jaguars routinely omit offset language from rookie contracts that are guaranteed for skill, injury, and salary cap.) If the Jaguars win, they owe Fournette nothing more.

The language of Fournette’s contract isn’t as clear as it could have been. The Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees based on a 2018 suspension imposed by the NFL for in-game misconduct. The contract, in listing the types of suspensions that void guarantees, specifically that’s that the void happens if player “is suspended for Conduct Detrimental or for violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy, is suspended for violation of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, or is suspended for violation of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.”

That said, the preamble to the paragraph regarding the voiding of guarantees provides generally that the guarantees are voided if the player “does not practice or play with Club.” A suspension of any kind arguably constitutes failure to practice or play.

Still, it would have been cleaner and simpler if the specific type of suspension that Fournette received were mentioned in the contract. It’s not. And that could end up costing the Jaguars $4.167 million — if Fournette isn’t traded or claimed on waivers.

16 responses to “Jaguars’ fight to void Leonard Fournette’s guarantees still isn’t resolved

  1. That’s why this team is ALWAYS at the bottom of the barrel.. Could’ve gotten above average compensation for Yannick & Fournette… Yet they stall two weeks before the opener and are STILL looking for resolutions..

  2. Is it possible Kahn has finally given the GREEN light to dismantle the team, and start fresh in London? It sure seems like it.

  3. redlikethepig says:
    August 31, 2020 at 11:13 am
    They were a solid contender. Then they hired Tom Coughlin.
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    This narrative needs to end. Coughlin helped build the 2017 team, which is the only successful team they’ve had in forever. He got fired during 2018 and they kept on stinking. You cant blame coughlin for everything. And I dont even want to blame Marrone that much. I think it really goes all the way up to the Khans instilling a losing tone from the top down.

  4. Fournette will crush the Jaguars if they go to court over guaranteed money.

    Do not underestimate how despised Tom Coughlin is by NFL players.

    Eli Manning bought into it and cemented Coughlin’s legacy with a pair of rings. Players gave him a bit of a pass after he got the rings. That pass went away as soon as he went back to Jacksonville.

    Great coach, but the players hate him. It’s the biggest reason why Ramsey is in LA and why Fournette is gone.

    And, if the Jags play this the way we all think they will, they will have Trevor Lawrence as a result of all of it.

  5. Whats the point of “Guaranteed” money, if teams are always trying to void it?

    They should just honor the contract they signed.

  6. I hope Fournette wins the grievance.
    Unlike Earl Thomas it wasn’t a fight with his team mates, there was a fight between 2 opposing teams which he took part in.
    He hasn’t done anything like some of the other guys like skipping practice, his crime is he hasn’t played that well.

    I think the Jags are foolish to cut him because the amount of money ($4,167,393) is reasonable for his level of play. Now they have to replace him, and if he wins they have to pay him on top of that. Unless he has offsets.

    He played in 15 games, rushed for 1152 yards, at 4.3YPC. Not terrible, and for $4MM its ok.

  7. NinersFan1973 says:
    August 31, 2020 at 11:50 am
    Do not underestimate how despised Tom Coughlin is by NFL players.
    You got that right … Coughlin is old school.
    Today’s players and society in general think they are entitled to everything without earning it.

  8. NinersFan1973 says:
    August 31, 2020 at 11:50 am
    Fournette will crush the Jaguars if they go to court over guaranteed money.

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    Do not underestimate how despised Tom Coughlin is by NFL players.

  9. NinersFan1973 says: August 31, 2020 at 11:50 am Do not underestimate how despised Tom Coughlin is by NFL players.

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    You got that right … Coughlin is old school. Today’s players and society in general think they are entitled to everything without earning it.

  10. 1600 yards from scrimmage while playing behind a so-so online and alternating QBs who have very young receivers running routes?

    Man….I wish David Montgomery had “underperformed” Like that. Fantasy football fans and reality football fans don’t see the same player.

  11. kenmasters34 says:
    August 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    Whats the point of “Guaranteed” money, if teams are always trying to void it?

    They should just honor the contract they signed.
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    It’s usually in the code of conduct part of their contract. Perhaps a player should honor the contract they signed, which includes forfeitures.

  12. Anywhere else you’d think Fournette is nothing but trouble.

    But, the Jacksonville organization is a dumpster fire.

    Waiting until a handful of days before the season starts to cut someone, then try to do what they’re doing is bush league.

    Is it any wonder all their best players are gone?

  13. It doesn’t seem to me that the Jags have much to stand on. Voiding guaranteed money because they don’t want to pay it isn’t a good reason. And this kind of nonsense is why players try their best to get some guaranteed money.

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