By Alex Kurpeski
Leonard Fournette is a free man. Though the plodding former first-round pick was cast aside by the Jaguars on the final day of August, he’s arguably the most talented free-agent running back available since Le’Veon Bell signed with the New York Jets last offseason. Say what you will about Fournette’s YPA and his struggles breaking tackles, but the former LSU star is a capable lead back when he’s on his “A” game (just ask the 2018 Steelers how they feel about seeing Fournette running at them). Sure Fournette is inefficient, but he’s also extremely talented. He never quite fit in Jacksonville but the team’s problems were always much bigger than him. As Fournette searches for his next gig, here’s a few landing spots that could make sense for him.
New England Patriots
New England is a safe haven for talented castaways like Fournette. Fournette could easily be the top back for the Patriots this season and he would add an element of brutality to an offense that also features Cam Newton. Should this be the case, the Patriots offense may very well reinvent the term “smashmouth” this season.
The Eagles have always favored a committee approach and Fournette could be excellent in the Jordan Howard/Jay Ajayi role for their offense, operating as the power back in tandem with Miles Sanders.
Los Angeles Rams
Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson are young and unproven. Sean McVay has seen first hand just how good a healthy Fournette can be. Though he’s no Todd Gurley, Fournette could fulfill a similar function for LA’s offense this season.
Kansas City Chiefs
Damien Williams has opted out of the 2020 season. As great as Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be as a three-down back for KC, pairing him with Fournette makes a ton of sense. Andy Reid likes to keep his backs fresh, so adding a player of Fournette’s caliber could be huge.
David Montgomery is hurt for an indefinite amount of time. Fournette is a far superior player to Ryan Nall and Artavis Pierce. This is easy math.
New Orleans Saints
If the Alvin Kamara trade rumors are true then the Saints could be in the market for a running back soon. Fournette and Latavius Murray could be a very nice 1-2 punch for the team in the short term if Kamara does get dealt.
Washington Football Team
Out with one LSU back, in with another. Fournette can take over the Derrius Guice role in this offense and once again be a high-volume, low-efficiency runner on a team with no direction.
Why not? Jordan Howard and Matt Breida aren’t much to write home about.