According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars notified RB Leonard Fournette that his suspension last month voided the remaining guarantees in his four-year rookie contract. HC Doug Marrone confirmed the report on Monday.
Fournette could challenge the decision.
Fournette is due to make $7.1M in the final two years of what had been a fully guaranteed, 4-year rookie deal. If Fournette fails to successfully appeal the void, the Jaguars could cut him without incurring any future financial obligations. It also might make trading for him more attractive to other teams considering the reduced financial risk, according to the report.
Fournette has missed 11 games in two seasons because of injuries and suspensions. He had just 439 yards and 5 touchdowns in 8 games this season after rushing for 1,040 yards and 9 touchdowns as a rookie.
Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin issued a statement after today’s game blasting Fournette and teammate TJ Yeldon for sitting on the bench all game long.
“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette. They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.”
Statement from: Tom Coughlin:— Phillip Heilman (@phillip_heilman) December 30, 2018
“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette. They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.” #Jaguars pic.twitter.com/WmcwQKt2Ek
Fournette was the 4th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Among the players Jacksonville passed on to get him: Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes.
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