The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Leonard Fournette, the team announced Monday morning.
Fournette had been the Jags’ starting running back since being drafted No. 4 in the 2017 NFL draft. He tallied 1,152 yards and three touchdowns to go with 522 receiving yards last season. In three seasons, he rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Jacksonville declined Fournette’s fifth-year option earlier in the year, signaling the 25-year-old was on the trading block. The Jaguars traded pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings for two draft picks on Sunday. The Jaguars reached the AFC Championship Game in 2017 with Fournette in the backfield as a rookie. But the last two years were tumultuous, losing campaigns.
In describing a misinterpreted team locker room perception, Fournette told reporters earlier in the month: “I’m not a jerk, but when it comes to football and winning, I’m all-in for that. … I do get upset when we lose and it takes me a while to get over it. I expect, just like anybody else, if you put the work in, you want the W, but a lot of times last year it didn’t go like that. I guess they kind of misinterpreted that, and don’t get me wrong, I was upset from the losing, but that’s just the winner in me. That’s any guy who plays this professional level of sports.”