Former LSU football star Leonard Fournette looking for new home in the NFL

Former LSU football RB Leonard Fournette (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Former LSU football RB Leonard Fournette (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

Former LSU football standout Leonard Fournette was released on Monday.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday morning that the Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing former LSU football star running back Leonard Fournette.

The Jaguars weren’t committed to Fournette longterm after declining his fifth-year option. They attempted to trade him this offseason, but they couldn’t find any takers. The move will save Jacksonville some cash in 2020.

Fournette, who was selected by the Jaguars with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, had an up-and-down three seasons in Jacksonville.

The former Tigers standout played in 13 games as a rookie in 2017 and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards.

In 2018, however, things didn’t go as well for Fournette. The New Orleans native battled injuries and dealt with a suspension in his sophomore season, playing in only eight games.

Fournette recovered in 2019 to rush for a career high 1,152 yards. He also had a career high 76 receptions for 522 yards. But he had a career low three total touchdowns.

Leonard Fournette shouldn’t have trouble finding a new team

While it was clear that Fournette’s longterm future wasn’t in Jacksonville, it’s still a bit surprising he was released.

According to various reports, Fournette was having a good training camp.

A report from last week (via CBS Sports and suggested that Fournette was “looking sharp”.

One reason that Jacksonville elected to release Fournette is because of his impact on the locker room, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone is reportedly trying to “clean up the place”.

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There’s no doubt that Fournette has the talent to be an important part of a team’s offense. He just needs to stay healthy. And that’s something he showed he could do last season. He shouldn’t be a free agent for long.