The Jacksonville Jaguars waived the former fourth-overall pick this morning which was something that was long coming. Jacksonville declined his fifth-year option months ago and Fournette has shown little to no interest in being a team player for the Jaguars. Leonard Fournette has been a streaky player; having injuries, off-the-field and on-the-field problems, he certainly isn’t the most reliable player ever. With that being said, he rushed for a career high 1,152 yards last season and caught 76 balls which was a career-high by a long shot. He is a dynamic player and will benefit whoever scoops him up this season. Let’s get into the odds for Fournette’s landing spot.
The Washington Redsk-Football Team (+300)
The odd-on favorite here and for pretty good reason. Adrian Peterson is a 35-year-old back with little depth behind him. I am a big fan of Bryce Love but there are injury concerns around him and after that you’re looking at J.D McKissic and Antonio Gibson (who?). AP showed he’s still got it the past two years after rushing for over 1,000 yards and 8 TTDs in 2018 followed by 940 all-purpose-yards and 5 TDs last season. He can’t run forever so maybe Fournette is a good option, but I personally don’t see it. I think AP has another year in the tank and I see Bryce Love taking it over from there.
New England Patriots (+350)
This seems too good to be true. Fournette was lobbying for Cam Newton to come to the Jaguars months ago. He said,
“I feel like, you know, Cam has the … Cam went to the Super Bowl, he is a great guy, I have been knowing Cam for a minute now. Like I told some people that talked to me and I talked to, it is no disrespect to Minshew. I am just trying to be getting into the best position as a team as we can win.”
Hysterical line by Fournette to follow “no disrespect to Minshew” with saying he just wants his team to win, so let’s bring Cam aboard. Now to New England. Sony Michel is a former first-round pick who is just now coming back from off-season foot surgery. That’s the problem with Michel; he’s been a well above average back when he’s able to be at 100%, but has battled injuries pretty consistently. Now, Michel is in a battle for the starting job against Damien Harris and why not make it more exciting by throwing Fournette in the mix? As New England transitions into either the Newton, Stidham or Hoyer-era, the best way to make that transition as seamless as possible would be to have one of the league’s best in your backfield. Fournette and Cam seem to already have some chemistry and I would expect Belichick to fix Fournette’s attitude and dedication to the team. This is my pick, but let’s look at another potential landing spot.
Chicago Bears (+400)
With David Montgomery’s groin injury, it’s not looking like he’ll be ready to go by Week 1. That leaves Chicago with Tarik Cohen, who is incredible to watch and has some insane speed and agility. He is a smaller back; however, and I cannot seem him being their every-down guy. Chicago has shown that they love to get their runningbacks involved in the passing game and Fournette has proven over his NFL career that the passing game is one of his primary strengths. Possible landing spot? Yes. Likely? No. David Montgomery will be back and will be the guy in Chicago, with Cohen making a great #2.
The Philadelphia Eagles (+400) and the Seattle Seahawks (+600) round out the Top 5 most likely landing spots for Fournette according to Vegas. I don’t see either of these teams picking him up as Miles Sanders is Philadelphia’s future and Fournette will not go somewhere to be a backup. Similarly in Seattle, they already have Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. While Fournette could be fun to watch with Seattle’s run-first (unless you’re in the Super Bowl) offense, it seems highly unlikely.