3 Most Likely Leonard Fournette Free Agent Destinations
It was only a few seasons ago that NFL fans were wondering if running back Leonard Fournette's best days were behind him. However, he bounced back in a big way in 2021 by posting 1,266 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns across 14 games played. There is definitely some gas left in his tank.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Fournette draw some interest in free agency given numerous teams across the league remain shallow at the running back position. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely free agent destinations for Fournette.
Leonard Fournette Free Agency
1. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills are so close to getting over the hump and becoming a legitimate Super Bowl contender. If anything, they could benefit from improving their rushing attack. Devin Singletary popped off to end the season, yet the Bills still averaged just 19.9 rushing attempts per game from their running backs. This is a powerhouse offense that could use a dual-threat running back to keep opposing defenses guessing. Fournette fits that role to a tee and averages 26.9 receiving yards per game throughout his five-year career. While the Bills do not have do not have a ton of projected cap space available, Fournette has shown he is willing to take a smaller deal if the team is a playoff threat. This could end up being the perfect landing spot for the 27-year-old RB.
2. Arizona Cardinals
One team with a suddenly glaring need at the RB position is the Arizona Cardinals. Both James Conner and Chase Edmonds are set to enter free agency after accounting for a combined 2,030 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns in 2021. There's a chance that neither back re-signs with Arizona and that means a lot of offense that will need to be made up for. The Cardinals could opt to bring in Fournette instead. This offense thrives on using an all-purpose back to pick opposing defenses apart and averaged the seventh-most rushing attempts per game in the NFL this past season (28.6). Fournette could act as the workhorse on a team with postseason aspirations if he signs with head coach Kliff Kingsbury's squad.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Fournette finds himself in a very similar situation to the one he was in last offseason. He needs to decide whether to take a more lucrative contract elsewhere or sign back with Tampa Bay on a team-friendly deal in an attempt to win another Super Bowl ring. It makes sense for him to stay in the city that revamped his career. After all, the former LSU standout averaged a career-high 4.5 yards per carry and tied a career-high mark with 10 total touchdowns this past season. It is clear that head coach Bruce Arians trusts Fournette as his lead back and would welcome him back with open arms. That fact alone may be enough to keep the ground and pound ball-carrier in Tampa Bay.
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