Leonard Fournette signs rookie contract with Jaguars - Herald-Whig

Posted May 19, 2017

Don't look for the financials to slow down Leonard Fournette's transition to the National Football League as the former LSU running back has already agreed to terms with Jacksonville. Last year, 4th overall pick Ezekiel Elliot signed a four-year, $24.9 million deal with a $16.3 million signing bonus, but the contract was not fully guaranteed.

Fournette says the contract won't change his mindset, adding "money is money, but at the end of the day, you come here to win".

The Jacksonville Jaguars won't have to worry about their top draft pick holding out of training camp. The team wants to make life easier for quarterback Blake Bortles by improving the running game and they nearly certainly would have added a different player if they thought the incumbent backs could get that done.

During his three years at LSU, Fournette racked up 4,356 yards from scrimmage and 41 touchdowns. "That is my main focus". He dropped 12 pounds in the weeks leading up to his pro day at LSU and impressed scouts with his workout. Jacksonville is hoping he can be a cornerstone for a running attack that struggled mightily last season.

The franchise wants to run the ball more effectively and Fournette is a clear part of that plan. He averaged 6.2 yards a carry while scoring 42 touchdowns.

Fournette will likely serve as the team's "bell cow" running back in the future.

Fournette reportedly also said, "They believe in us and of course we have to believe in ourselves that we can turn anything around so that's what they drafted me, Cam [Robinson], Dede [Westbrook]".

Here's Fournette signing the deal and making the news official.