After surprisingly getting cut two days ago running back Leonard Fournette landed with a team for the 2020 NFL season. According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network he will be joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 3, 2020
Fournette was cut after three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars took Fournette fourth overall in 2017 and appeared to not be in their long term future after having his fifth year option declined.
During his three seasons in Duval, Fournette rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 touchdowns. This past season he rushed for a career high 1,152 yards but only three touchdowns.
He will be joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who made headlines during the offseason for signing Tom Brady. The Buccaneers already have elite weapons in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard. After solidifying the quarterback position the biggest weakness on the offense was running back. Last season the Buccaneers leading rusher was former second round pick Ronald Jones II with 724 yards. Even after drafting Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the third round out of Vanderbilt and signing potential Hall of Famer Lesean McCoy, the running back position seemed to be a question mark.
Fournette seems to be the favorite to land the starting job and receive most of the carries once he gets acclimated to the offense. Tampa Bay was the likely the best destination for Fournette where he would be able to demand most of the carries. Two other teams that were rumored to be interested in Fournette were the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills.