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Leonard Fournette Reportedly Files Grievance over Jaguars Contract After Release

Blake SchusterAnalyst IISeptember 1, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)
Danny Karnik/Associated Press

Leonard Fournette isn't done with the Jacksonville Jaguars even if the team is moving on from him.

The recently released tailback has filed a grievance against his former club to recover the $4.167 million base salary from the contract the Jags voided, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Former Jaguars’ RB Leonard Fournette officially has filed a grievance against Jacksonville to try to recoup the $4.167 million in base salary that the team voided, per source.

Jacksonville placed Fournette on waivers Monday following three seasons with the club.

A non-injury grievance must be filed within 50 days of the onset of a dispute, according to the National Football League Players Association. Fournette waited less than 24 hours. The union says it is successful in more than half of filings.

The LSU product was drafted No. 4 overall in 2017 and is coming off his most productive season yet. 

In 2019, he rushed for 1,152 yards on 265 carries (4.3 yards per attempt) but recorded just three touchdowns. It was a bounce-back year after he played just eight games in 2018 because of a hamstring injury and a later one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness.

Still, it wasn't enough for the Jaguars to keep their lead back on the roster. 

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

On Leonard Fournette after he went unclaimed on waivers: I'm told wherever he lands won't be a money decision. 2020 is going to be about scheme fit and the coaching staff that leans into a power running game. Opportunity will be important, but skill fit will be absolutely vital.

After parting ways with quarterback Blake Bortles during the 2019 offseason and cornerback Jalen Ramsey prior to last year's trade deadline, Jacksonville continued to dismantle a roster that reached the AFC Championship Game in 2017 by dealing expensive signal-caller Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears and Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Minnesota Vikings before cutting Fournette.

Schefter reported Monday there were trade conversations between the Jaguars and various teams concerning their former bell cow, but head coach Doug Marrone revealed "we couldn't get anything" for Fournette.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted the running back was not picked up before Tuesday's waiver deadline and is likely headed for free agency.

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