Leonard Fournette's second year in the league was . . .
How do I say this nicely?
Less than ideal.
He missed nearly half the season with a hamstring injury. Shortly after returning from the injury Fournette got in a fight on the field — following a play in which he was on the bench — that led to a one game suspension. He finished the season sitting out the team's last contest with an ankle injury.
Following that final game he and fellow RB TJ Yeldon were lambasted by the football boss, Tom Coughlin, who said “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.”
The Jaguars also publicly stated that the team would attempt to void the remaining guarantees in Fournette's contract. A decision that Leonard and the NFLPA will almost certainly appeal.
Things were flat out ugly. At that point media members and fans alike began to question what Leonard Fournette's future with the team would be.
Now, according to reports, Fournette and the team's brass — including Tom Coughlin — met with each other on Wednesday to clear the air and iron things out. It appears, at least for the time being, that Fournette will remain in Duval for the 2019 season.
This was likely the best scenario for both sides. In 2019 Fournette will get the chance to rehab his image as a teammate and as a running back. And from the Jaguars standpoint, they were probably unlikely to find what seemed like fair compensation for a player selected with the fourth overall selection less than two years ago.
Fournette will need to work to figure out a way to take better care of his body. The Jaguars will need to make sure they have a better back up plan for if/when Fournette get's hurt again.
Don't forget this, Leonard Fournette was brought to Jacksonville to do one thing: score touchdowns. And he has done that. Fournette has found the end zone 20 times in just 24 career games (including the playoffs).
Are you happy to see the two sides work things out? Or did you want the Jaguars to part ways with Fournette? Let us know in the comments below!
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