The Jacksonville Jaguars waived fourth-year running back Leonard Fournette earlier today with head coach Doug Marrone calling the move, “what’s best for the team,” a change that will impact the team moving forward, what Marrone believes will be for the better.
For the first time since the announcement, Fournette has spoken out regarding his release, and sent a thoughtful and classy goodbye to the city of Jacksonville and the Jaguars organization.
“First, I want to thank the city of Jacksonville and all of the fans for embracing me the past 3 seasons,” Fournette writes. “We have been through some ups and downs but y’all have had my back through it all. You have my deepest respect and appreciation. I would like to thank the Jaguars organization for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”
“To all my brothers in the locker room from 2017 until today, y’all are family for life. I wish each of you the absolute best in your careers. I am excited about what will come next for myself, wherever that may be, know that you will get a player who is focused, motivated and ready to get to work. God is Great. Leonard Fournette.”
Thank you, Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/LcckBRao4k— 7⃣ Leonard Fournette (@_fournette) August 31, 2020
Fournette will not officially be placed on waivers until 4:00 p.m., ET. today, and any team that claims the former fourth-overall pick will pick up his guaranteed salary this season of $4.1M.
This chapter will soon officially be closed for the Jaguars, and Fournette is ready to begin anew, on a new team this season.