“They Weren’t Trying to Trade Him” – Former Jaguars Coach Sheds Light on Leonard Fournette ‘Blackball’ Rumours

Published 09/05/2021, 11:17 PM EDT
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Detroit Lions outside linebacker Jahlani Tavai (51) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports


Bruce Arians-coached Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed all odds when they made their way to the Lombardi Trophy earlier this year. The NFC South franchise defeated Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs by a comprehensive scoreline to win the Super Bowl LV trophy in front of home fans.

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NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Leonard Fournette and Jaydon Mickens celebrate after winning the Super Bowl LV REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

A host of secondary stars stepped up for the Bucs in the post-season. Antonio Brown, Ndamukong Suh and Rob Gronkowski, were some of the names that come to mind when talking about Tampa Bay’s playoffs. But one other player that impressed was running back Leonard Fournette.

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The former Jacksonville Jaguars man finished the season with 367 yards and 6 rushing touchdowns as part of a championship backfield. However, his exit from Florida was surrounded by controversy. Former coach Terry Robiskie revealed more on the same.

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Former Jags coach slams Leonard Fournette ‘blackball’ rumors

Speaking in recent interview, former Jacksonville running backs coach Terry Robiskie, addressed the rumors surrounding Leonard Fournette’s departure from Florida. He suggested that the Shad Khan-owned franchise tried to spread false rumors about Fournette in order to hold on to him for longer.

“I would say, yes, without a question, the Jaguars were trying to blackball him. It certainly wasn’t the president or the head coach or the GM, but I do know, coming out of that building, some people had said something to other teams that wasn’t true about Leonard at all.”

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Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (28) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Krys Barnes (51) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“They weren’t trying to trade him. They were trying to cut him. Because to trade him and to have someone say, ‘We’ll give you a fifth-round pick,’ or ‘We’ll give you a sixth-round pick,’ that means he’s got value.”

“But to cut him is degrading, especially to cut a No. 1 draft choice from three years ago, who just the year before had 1,800 yards of total offense, who pretty much just led your team in receptions…that is the true epitome of cutting off your nose to spite your face,” Robiskie said via ESPN.

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Fournette will be another key component for the Buccaneers in 2021 as they gear up to defend their title. They start their 2021 NFL campaign with an enticing opener against NFC East old boys, Dallas Cowboys.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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