No, the Kansas City Chiefs should not pursue Leonard Fournette

Fantasy Football Running Backs: Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Fantasy Football Running Backs: Leonard Fournette #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /

Leonard Fournette is no longer a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, as he was waived by them on Monday morning. This doesn’t mean the Kansas City Chiefs need to pursue him.

Once the talk of the town for what he accomplished at LSU, Leonard Fournette had a steady decline throughout the course of his career in Jacksonville. The Jaguars took him fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft and he’s now a free agent just two weeks prior to the 2020 season.

Fournette was promising in his rookie season, but dropped off since then. Naturally, people are going to want the Kansas City Chiefs to look into adding the former first rounder, but it really doesn’t make sense for them to.

Leonard Fournette is not someone the Kansas City Chiefs need to add in 2020.

First and foremost, there’s a reason the Jaguars parted ways with Fournette just three years into his career. They had looked into trading him at one point as well. If he was truly the talent they thought he was when they drafted him fourth overall, neither of those things would have occurred.

Fournette did have a solid 2019 season, recording a career high 1,152 rushing yards, but also recording a career low in rushing touchdowns with three. He’s someone who is able to both run with and catch the ball, so the fact that the Jaguars are making the decision to cut him (and couldn’t find someone to trade for him) is a pretty good indicator that he’s a risky pick-up.

Secondly, the Chiefs are good to go at running back despite Damien Williams‘ decision to opt out. They have rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire locked and loaded as their starter and have several reliable options behind him, including Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington, and Darrel Williams. They’re not hurting in the talent department whatsoever.

Would Fournette be a fun addition to this offense? Of course he would! But that doesn’t mean it makes sense to add him.

As of now, the Buccaneers and Patriots are both linked to Fournette’s services and both of those teams are on Kansas City’s schedule this year.

What do you think, Chiefs fans? Would you want the team to take a chance on Leonard Fournette or are you good to let someone else scoop him up instead?