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Did Jaguars really clear things up with RB Leonard Fournette?

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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have a potential mess on their hands with former number 1 pick running back Leonard Fournette. The question now is: have they cleared it up or is it going to continue to be an issue?

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Thursday afternoon that Fournette met with what he termed “members of the Jaguars brass,” including VP of football Tom Coughlin to try to smooth over what became a turbulent off-field end to the season.

Coughlin blasted Fournette and backup running back T.J. Yeldon for their conduct during the season finale’ at Houston.

This as, Fournette was inactive for the game and Yeldon was not being used.  And both players seemed to disconnect from the offense completely and go and sit on the bench, while the offense was on the field in the game. It was further an embarrassment that CBS-TV continued to show the two of them sitting like they didn’t care while the game continued.

Next came the report that the Jags were seeking to void the remaining guarantees in the final two years of Fournette’s rookie contract, because he got suspended by the NFL for one game earlier in the season for his role in a fight.

Rappaport was not specific Thursday, as to whether or not the Jaguars had dropped that claim with the NFLPA and Fournette’s representatives or not?

He was suspended after a fight with Buffalo Shaq Lawson in the third quarter of Jacksonville’s November loss in Western New York that got both players ejected.

It was just one part of what was essentially a lost season for the former 4th overall pick out of LSU in 2017. He missed seven out of eight games with a hamstring injury, as the Jaguars offense spiraled downward leading to the firing of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and the benching of quarterback Blake Bortles.

Fournette was inactive in the final game with an ankle injury, which meant all toll he missed nine complete games due to either injury or suspension.

Time will tell on, if the relationship is mended.

The Jags are still in the process of trying to replace Hackett with a new play caller for 2019.

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