Inside the Leonard Fournette deal

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Running back Leonard Fournette, the failed fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft who has found a second life in Tampa, will be staying with the Bucs. He signed a three-year deal on Tuesday.

We’ve obtained a breakdown of the contract. Here are the terms.

1. Signing bonus: $4.5 million.

2. 2022 base salary: $2 million, fully guaranteed.

3. 2022 per-game roster bonus: Up to $500,000 fully guaranteed, but he loses $29,411 for each game in which he doesn’t suit up.

4. 2023 base salary: $6.5 million, $2 million of which is fully guaranteed at signing and another $2 million of which becomes fully guaranteed in 2023.

5. 2024 base salary: $6.5 million.

6. 2023-24 per-game roster bonuses: $500,000 per year.

The deal includes up to $1.5 million in incentives in 2023 and 2024. He gets $250,000 for finishing the regular season in the top 15 in rushing yards, another $500,000 for finishing in the top 10 in rushing yards, another $250,000 for participating in 55 percent of the regular-season snaps and the team winning the NFC title, and another $250,000 for participating in 55 percent of the regular-season snaps and the team winning the Super Bowl. It’s a maximum of 1.5 million per year.

The full guarantee is $9 million at signing, but he needs to be on the active roster in each and every week of the 2022 season to push it from $8.5 million to $9 million.

So it’s a three-year, $21 million deal that can be worth up to $24 million. It could be as short as a one-year, $9 million deal, if the Bucs decide to move on after this year.

11 responses to “Inside the Leonard Fournette deal

  1. $6.5m (+$500k in incentives) in 2022 season and $2m guaranteed for 2023 season is $9m max for 1 year if they cut him, sure, but assuming they keep him next year it’s really just $6.5m/yr with the same $500k in incentives for 2023 & 2024.

    My guess is he doesn’t go into 2023 without reworking the deal anyway.

  2. Wonder why he gets referred to as a failed fourth overall pick? Seems to have carved out an above average career on a terrible team without a qb, became a reliable safety valve in the pass game his last season in Jax..

    He picked it up in TB after Arians sat him down mid season, tearing it up the past season and a half being in a committee.

    He seems no worse than Zeke, who played on loaded offensive teams with top notch oline.

  3. anonymous135 says:
    March 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm
    Wonder why he gets referred to as a failed fourth overall pick? Seems to have carved out an above average career on a terrible team without a qb, became a reliable safety valve in the pass game his last season in Jax..
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    Because he could not stay of trouble with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He kept getting pulled over because he felt speed limits didn’t apply to him because of who he was. The last time lead to him being arrested, but charges will eventualy dropped because he was an NFL player.

  4. What makes him failed? Mean, he was on the Jags what did you expect? A single handed carry to the SB. He actually played pretty hard football for a really bad team. And he was always ornery on the field which I loved. Not afraid of contact, thats for sure.

  5. Wish him well but he really has to stop using his helmet trying to run over people all of the time for his OWN safety! I always tell my kids NOT to run like that when they are running with the ball!!

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