The 2018 campaign was not kind to Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, and Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report suggests that the Jaguars could trade Fournette to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason as a result.
Fournette played in just eight games this season due to a hamstring issue that plagued him throughout the year and finished with just 439 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.3 yards per carry.
That was in sharp contrast to his rookie campaign, when he battered and bruised opposing defense for 1,040 yards and nine scores, also hauling in 36 receptions for 302 yards while reaching the end zone once as a receiver.
Fournette even admitted earlier in the season that he was out of shape, and after the conclusion of Week 17, Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin ripped Fournette—who was inactive for the team’s final game—for not paying attention to his Jacksonville brethren as it battled the Houston Texans during the season finale.
However, Fournette has shown that he can be effective on the NFL level, so the Buccaneers, who are in need of a running back, could potentially have some interest if the Jags decide to move him.
Peyton Barber is currently Tampa Bay’s halfback, and in 2018, he totaled 871 yards and five touchdowns, averaging an underwhelming 3.7 yards per attempt.
With the Bucs’ offense needing some type of shot in the arm, adding Fournette could make sense, and for a Jaguars team that fell apart this year, moving on from Fournette could be an option, although it would make sense for them to give him another chance.