Jaguars move for­ward with Four­nette af­ter trade talks fail

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Thursday - By John Reid

JACK­SONVILLE — Jaguars run­ning back Leonard Four­nette has been a sub­ject of trade spec­u­la­tion, and the Jaguars de­clined to pick up his fifth-year op­tion last week.

De­spite it all, Jaguars gen­eral man­ager Dave Cald­well said on the Pro Foot­ball Talk PM pod­cast ear­lier this week that they’re go­ing for­ward with Four­nette on the team.

“I had a good con­ver­sa­tion with him on Fri­day,” Cald­well said. “Coach [Doug] Mar­rone has had some dis­cus­sions with him. He seems to be in great shape, and is in a great men­tal frame of mind.”

Yet, Cald­well ad­mit­ted on the pod­cast they had trade dis­cus­sions in­volv­ing Four­nette that he de­scribed as just mi­nor, noth­ing sub­stan­tial.

Dur­ing the draft, the Jaguars re­port­edly reached out to the Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers ahead of their No. 76 over­all pick in the third round to of­fer Four­nette, 25, in a trade deal. How­ever, Tampa Bay de­clined the of­fer and se­lected for­mer Van­der­bilt run­ning back Ke’ Shawn Vaughn.

“I don’t know what the fu­ture holds, but I prom­ise that ev­ery day I’m go­ing to bust my … ,” Four­nette wrote on his Twit­ter ac­count fol­low­ing the draft last week. “I know it’s a busi­ness, and I’ll be ready at my best for the next sea­son.”

By de­clin­ing Four­nette’s op­tion, he will be in the fi­nal year of his rookie fouryear $27.1 mil­lion con­tract this up­com­ing sea­son.

Four­nette, the fourth over­all pick in 2017, is due to make $4.17 mil­lion in 2020 and will count $8.64 mil­lion against the Jaguars’ salary cap.

In a make-or-break sea­son in 2019, Four­nette shined with more than 1,600 yards from scrim­mage in 15 games last sea­son. He had 265 car­ries for 1,152 yards and caught 76 passes for 522 yards.

It was a turn­around from the 2018 sea­son when Four­nette missed six of the first eight games with a sore right ham­string and was un­pro­duc­tive when he re­turned. Four­nette rushed for 439 yards on 133 yards and av­er­aged just 3.3 yards a carry.

As a rookie in 2017, Four­nette rushed for 1,040 yards to help lead the Jaguars to the AFC Cham­pi­onship game.


The Jaguars are count­ing on run­ning back Leonard Four­nette to de­liver in his fourth sea­son with the team.

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