The Jaguars decided to void the guarantees in running back Leonard Fournette's rookie contract following a mid-season suspension. Fournette was told of the void in his deal before the Jaguars' season-finale matchup against the Houston Texans.
During the Week 17 matchup, Fournette, who was inactive, sat on the bench throughout the entire game with fellow running back T.J. Yeldon.
That demonstration led to this statement by Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin:
“I am disappointed in the behavior today from T.J. Yeldon and Leonard Fournette," Coughlin said. "They were disrespectful, selfish and their behavior was unbecoming that of a professional football player.”
With the Jaguars' public handling of Fournette, the franchise may be trying to draw attention to the player's availability in a possible trade. With guarantees voided in his contract, Fournette's deal becomes increasingly more appealing to a potential trade partner.
If another front office feels like it can salvage Fournette's career and manage his personality, that franchise could be willing to dish out a legitimate draft pick for his services.