Today we report on the Gronk trade to Bucs, and Leonard Fournette on the block. It’s the season for NFL trades right before the 2020 NFL draft! Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady went from being New England Patriots to Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last week, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette made headlines when he pushed for the team to sign former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was recently released by the team.
“Cam went to the Super Bowl,” Fournette said during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take. “He’s a great guy. I’ve been knowing Cam for a minute now. And like I told some people that talked to me, it’s no disrespect to [Gardner Minshew]. I’m just trying to get in the best position as a team as we can [to] win.
“That’s all that was about. Just friendly competition ’cause that brings out the best in people.”
Fournette made his comment the same day Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell held a news conference to discuss this week’s NFL draft. During their news conference, Marrone said he was confident about Minshew being the team’s starter next season.
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“Right now if we went to play, Gardner Minshew’s our guy and I’m excited about that,” Marrone said. “But do I want competition for him? Absolutely. You want competition for everyone, though. I don’t want to make it where I’m answering this question and [people are saying], ‘Marrone’s not as confident [in Minshew].’
“I want [competition] not just for the quarterback but I want competition for everyone.”
Two days after Fournette’s comments, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed that the Jaguars have had trade discussions with other teams about the running back. The team has until May 4 to exercise their fifth-year option on Fournette, who is scheduled to make $4.16 million in base salary in 2020.
Last season, Fournette rushed for a career-high 1,152 yards and caught a team-high 76 passes. However, he finished the season with only three total touchdowns.