Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s future in Jacksonville is up in the air. The team is unhappy with his lingering injury issues and his attitude during the season finale. He’s likely unhappy with them for voiding the remaining guarantees on his contract.
According to The Associated Press, the Jaguars running back was informed by the team that his suspension in Week 13 voids $7.1 million in remaining contract guarantees.
The Jaguars have notified Fournette that his suspension late last month voided the remaining guarantees in his four-year rookie contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday night. The person said the Jaguars notified Fournette of the action weeks ago. Fournette could challenge the decision.
Fournette and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon spent most of a 20-3 loss at Houston in the season finale on the bench, disengaged from teammates.
Top executive Tom Coughlin ripped both players for being “disrespectful” and “selfish.”
“Their behavior was unbecoming of a professional football player,” Coughlin said in a statement.
The move appears to be a way for Jacksonville to make the blow of getting rid of him a little easier on the wallet. If they cut Fournette, they won’t owe him the $7.1 million and if they trade him another team won’t have to take it on.
Fournette will likely appeal the decision to void his guaranteed money, but if he loses it could spell the end of his time in Jacksonville.
There are big changes coming to the Jaguars.