What to do with Leonard Fournette?

Leonard Fournette is looking to have a runaway 2020 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is entering into the final year of his rookie contract. Jacksonville declined to pick up the fifth-year option of his contract. 

All rookie contracts generally run for four seasons with an NFL team with the option to pick up an extra year. Usually, if the team sees that a player in their long term plans they pick up the extra year. Perhaps Fournette has not convinced the Jaguars that there is a bright future ahead with him.

Fournette scheduled to make $4.16 million. If the Jaguars decide to let him go, According to spotrac projects a market value of $10.8 million. Has Fournette played well enough in his career to justify a big contract?

Fournette the fourth overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft, So far in his career, he has run for 2631 yards with 17 touchdowns. He has caught 134 passes for 1009 yards with two touchdowns. However, he has missed 12 regular-season games through his first three seasons. Not to mention, The numerous team issues with his maturity such as the team suspending him without pay for one game after he came off the bench to fight Shaq Lawson from the Buffalo Bills.

Fournette will have to have a big season to earn the big money. Jaguars will hope he plays well for a successful team season. Is it possible that the Jaguars decide to go with a rookie next year at a softer hit on the salary cap?

For example, Jacksonville could decide to draft a Chuba Hubbard on a rookie deal instead of paying Fournette $10 million per season. Hubbard ran for 2094 yards with 21 touchdowns at Oklahoma State in 2019.

Fournette is running for his next big deal. Whether he plays in Jacksonville or elsewhere, production is a determining factor for his payday to be what he wants. Let’s watch to see how things play out.

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