The Jaguars finally parted ways with Leonard Fournette on Monday morning, releasing their 2017 first-round pick after three years in Jacksonville.
The team apparently tried very, very hard to trade Fournette, but ultimately couldn’t get any offers of value:
Jaguars did all they could to trade RB Leonard Fournette in the spring and then again this summer. But as Jaguars’ HC Doug Marrone said today: “We couldn't get anything, a fifth, a sixth, anything. We couldn't get anything.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2020
It’s almost like broadcasting your intention to get rid of a player destroys all leverage.
The Eagles were in the market, not too long ago, for running back help. Should they take a look?
In a vacuum? Yeah, Fournette would be a nice compliment to Miles Sanders. His tough-nosed running style would be a nice change of pace from Miles Sanders’ shiftiness.
Fournette also had a very solid year in 2019 despite Jacksonville’s team struggles. He racked up a career-best 4.3 yards per carry on 265 rushes, doubled his career receptions and receiving yards with 76 catches for 522 yards, and was generally a very productive back.
The problem, then, is that Fournette will want to be paid like a very productive back, and also receive the snaps that a very productive back normally receives. And that’s where this conversation ends for the Eagles.
Fournette is too good, and too young, for the Eagles to make any sort of logical run at adding him.
There are 17 running backs in the NFL with a cap hit of at least $4 million this season, including names like former Eagle Jordan Howard and Texans running back Duke Johnson. The Eagles aren’t willing to spend that much money on a backup running back when they want to roll cap space over to next year, and they already have Corey Clement and Elijah Holyfield for a combined $1.5 million cap hit this season.
And on the flip side, Fournette finished seventh in the league in rushing last year on an abysmal football team. The dude can play. He won’t – and shouldn’t – be willing to take less than his clear market value.
Combine a likely unwillingness to take a diminished role as a backup running back with an unwillingness to make peanuts compared to other running backs in the league, and what do you have? A non-starter.
Should Howie Roseman still give Fournette’s camp a call? Sure. It can’t hurt.
But it also won’t lead to anything.
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