Leonard Fournette Update

September 2nd, 2020

He’s free (to sign)!

So Leonard Fournette has been a free agent since Tuesday afternoon.

The stud running back and former first-round pick of the Jags, which cut him Monday, cleared waivers. So Fournette, who accounted for over 1,600 yards from scrimmage last season and ranked fifth in the NFL for receptions by running backs (72) can sign wherever he wants.

Many NFL types believe the Bucs are one of a handful of teams that could land Fournette.

The timeline doesn’t exactly fit though the timing is just about perfect. The Bucs are sort of crunched against the cap and Fournette, who Bucco Bruce Arians didn’t exactly deny interest in, might be a tight squeeze. He may be able to be had for $3 million for a one-year deal considering he was cut because the Jags didn’t want to pay his $4 million roster bonus.

Then, while Joe was taping the next edition of the “Ira Kaufman Podcast,” it hit Joe like a two-by-four in the face.

NFL Network reported over the weekend that the Bucs are trying to extend Lavonte David’s contract. David, the stud Bucs linebacker, is in the final year of his current contract.

Could the Bucs have heard the footsteps from Jacksonville, that the Jags were about to turn loose Fournette?

And are the Bucs reworking David’s contract, in part, to clear cap space so they can sign someone like Fournette, or perhaps someone who is unexpectedly cut this weekend as teams shave their rosters down to 53?

The timing of the David news is more than interesting to Joe.

If the Bucs are serious about making a run for a Super Bowl — and nothing screams “win-now” more than signing a 43-year old starting quarterback with a coach who turns 68 in a month — than the Bucs should give serious consideration to bringing in Fournette.

46 Responses to “Leonard Fournette Update”

  1. Colin in Canada Says:

    Get the deal done.

  2. CPN Says:

    There really is no point in signing Fournette.. Rojo can get the job done just as good.

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    He will be a Saint.

  4. MrFister Says:

    We will run the wishbone with Fournette.

  5. Rojo blows Says:

    Rojo is a trash rb. Literally anyone would be an upgrade

  6. Clean House Says:

    He’ll run for 150 yds and 3 tds week one as a Saint if Licht doesn’t sign him.

  7. Clean House Says:

    CPN- wrong sorry RoJo ain’t no Fournette that’s a ridiculous statement.

  8. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    They might be maneuvering cap space to make room for any number of players, including Fournette. I’m nervous about the current RB crew on the Bucs.

  9. firethecannons Says:

    get it done sooner the better

  10. Sacred Fire Says:

    It “hit you” Joe? That’s funny. More likely, it hit you when I posted my prediction last night about LD’s extension that you didn’t post. Are you taking credit for other people’s ideas? There’s a word for that… I guess it will be our little secret. No idea what you’re talking about, but it was discussed in the Ira Kaufman Podcast, which was recorded yesterday evening. –Joe

  11. unbelievable Says:

    2019 comparison:

    Fournette – 4.3 yards/carry, 6.9 yards/reception
    Ro Jo II – 4.2 yards/carry, 10 yards/reception

    Just sayin. A talented back for sure but not the same guy that trucked over entire defenses back at LSU

  12. Clean House Says:

    The Saints could end up with Jameis Winston and Leonard Fournette. That could be scary in the future

  13. 941bucsfan Says:

    Rojo is trash trasht trash

  14. 941bucsfan Says:

    Fournette with no 8 man box will be a problem in tampa.

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Rojo is Trash Lol. You must have bumped your head son.
    Rojo is actually a more explosive running back than Leonard Fournette.
    All I’m saying is adding Leonard Fournette to the mix – will give the BUCS a formidable 1-2 punch. Plus quality depth.

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    I remember Ahmad Bradshaw (Explosiveness) & Brandon Jacobs(Power) gave teams fits in the 2nd half of games. I envision Ronald Jones & Leonard Fournette doing something similar; if not better.

  17. adam from ny Says:

    it’s up to tom brady…he runs the show 🙂

  18. Byrd Says:

    If Brady feels he is a good fit he will be a buc later on today!!

  19. adam from ny Says:

    fournette spotted in aisle 11 at publix on dale mabry…with jameis…

    carrying a dooky bag of crab legs, a huge box of chicken tenders and a case of brews…

    will he be a saint or a buc is the question

  20. adam from ny Says:

    yes byrd…

    they will go to brady and say “yo tommy you want this guy”?

  21. Buczilla Says:

    Make it happen Licht! All or nothing dude.

  22. lambchop Says:

    The Saints have their own mess with the salary cap. Alvin Kamara is reporting to camp tomorrow. The Saints are not going after Fournette. If anyone, the Seahawks might go get him. We should pounce if we want him and if it’s not a ridiculous amount of money.

    But, it really depends on the progress of Dare and Rojo. If they have both improved in this offense, then you can run with the trio and hope you get production from them. I really do think RoJo has improved his hands. This OL and Brady’s ability to change protection and defenses with their hands full with our receiving weapons should make running the ball much more improved.

  23. lambchop Says:

    By the way, I think the Fournette bonus is almost double what Kamara’s salary is for 2020. So, if they are balking at paying Kamara, why would they pay Fournette more? The Saints will get Kamara’s deal done.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV- That Giants backfield was formidable. I loved Jacobs, heck big backs in general, as everyone here probably knows!
    A Fournette signing would be a strong commitment to a run-game and an upgrade at the position for sure.
    WHY was he cut? At 25 and a productive back, there has to be a reason.

  25. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Fournette is good at catching.

  26. dmatt Says:

    Don’t need him

  27. webster Says:

    Lamb what are you talking about? Fournette is a FA. He has no contract or a bonus at this point. Plus kamara does not want the contract he currently has, he wants about 14 mil per. Fournette is getting nowhere near that but you better believe he would play for 2mil for one year for the saints which is kamara’s current cap hit. Fournette is a definitely in play for the saints.

  28. Hodad Says:

    Fournette is an injury prone malcontent, pass. We have a good young stable of backs, with McCoy, a vet in the group. Our running game will be fine with what we have. Tom, and Wirfs will make it better, we don’t need Fournette.

  29. ICEMAN99 Says:

    2019 comparison:

    Fournette – 4.3 yards/carry, 6.9 yards/reception
    Ro Jo II – 4.2 yards/carry, 10 yards/reception

    Just sayin. A talented back for sure but not the same guy that trucked over entire defenses back at LSU



  30. Armybucfan Says:

    Why not keep shady Rojo and Fournette ? He would be like our mike alstott to our warrick Dunn but this time we actually have an offense with the goat as QB. Having Fournette in the back with Rojo and shady would keep defensive coordinators up all night because then single outlet that Brady can’t turn to, to score; rB stable, wr’s, TE’s he has never been surrounded by my so much talent in his 20 years except maybe the time Brady had moss and we saw how that turned out.

  31. Marine Buc Says:

    What about Gronk’s one year $10 million dollar deal he currently has. Why can’t the Bucs give him a two year deal and cut that $10m down to a more cap friendly figure. $10 million for a TE we plan to use sparingly seems a bit high IMO.

  32. Joeypoppems Says:

    A few things.

    1) @ICEMAN99 – exactly, so if you give Rojo a bigger workload he would be better than Fournette.

    2) Why do people on this site want to recreate a RB dynamic from 20 years ago? Everytime a RB gets brought up they want to recreate Alstott and Dunn. Stop.

    3) If negotiating with Lavonte clears cap space for anything it should be used for Godwin’s extension. Not another RB.

    4) I doubt the Bucs will carry 5 RBs this year. So they would have to cut either Shady or Vaughn. Dare will make the team because he plays ST.

  33. Aaron Says:

    I think if you wait and sign players after week 1 – you don’t need to guarantee the entire salary for the year.

  34. Joe Says:

    I think if you wait and sign players after week 1 – you don’t need to guarantee the entire salary for the year.

    That’s true. But do you roll the dice and hope Fournette is still looking for work in the middle of September?

    One of the main reasons the Bucs haven’t been to the playoffs in 12 years is this franchise considers “hope” a virtue, not a liability.

  35. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    It’s a fire sale bredren.
    Everything must go!!

    Earlier Example:

    March 19th, 2020 at 2:43 pm
    Since Duval is selling the farm.
    How about making them an offer they can’t refuse for …..

    Leonard Fournette

  36. SRQBucsFan Says:

    “Hope” is not a strategy

  37. Joe Says:

    “Hope” is not a strategy

    Shouldn’t be. Sure has been the past decade over at One Buc though. 🙁

  38. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Turnover Since Jacksonville Lost
    • Conference Championship 20-24 vs. New England Patriots

    Notable Players either released or traded

    QB Blake Bortles
    RB Leonard Fournette
    RB T.J. Yeldon
    WR Allen Hurns

    LDE Yannick Ngakoue
    LDE Dante Fowler
    RDT Malik Jackson
    RDT Marcell Dareus
    RDE Calais Campbell
    LDE Dante Fowler

    LCB Jalen Ramsey
    RCB A.J. Bouye
    S Tashaun Gipson

  39. unbelievable Says:

    Damn LUV that list is pretty wild.

  40. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Yup- That’s a ton of high draft capital most of which they drafted.
    They shot their shot. No harm in that. Things just didn’t workout.
    Now they’re trying to pull off a quick reset.

  41. 813bucboi Says:

    rojo,shady,fournette sure sounds nice!!!!…i have confidence in that back field…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  42. Sport Says:

    Joeypop – well said!

    Isnt Joe the one that said having a defense stop the run first is dumb because it’s a passing league. Yet, he also clamors for every RB free agent?

    Conflicted much?

    In BA I Trust!

  43. tickrdr Says:


    Jax also had Allen Robinson in 2017, but he only played one game before injured.


  44. GhostofSchiano Says:

    It hit me too Joe, but like a hard working young lady at Mons venus when I ran out of dollar bills.

  45. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV- “Reset” is an understatement!

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    tickrdr – True. Glad to see your alive and well sir.

    Bucsfanman – The Great Reset Indeed bredren