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Former Super Bowl Champion Running Back Leonard Fournette is Attempting NFL Comeback


The running back position in the NFL is seemingly not as coveted as it once was, with top-level players not earning the same massive paychecks as their other skill-position counterparts. The age of running backs able to compete at a high level also appears to be dwindling.

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That does not mean that older players cannot make an impact, and one of the most proven veterans is attempting to make a big comeback: Leonard Fournette.

According to Adam Schefter, “Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette is motivated to continue his NFL career, intends to sign with a team before the season, and has hired his former agent Ari Nissim, and Pat Capra, both of @ChaseYourLegend, to help in that pursuit. ‘Leonard’s in the best shape of his career and I expect he will have a new home soon,’ Nissim said.”

Fournette last played with the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad in 2023, and was not promoted to the Bills’ 53-man roster until Dec. 2023. In two games, he secured 40 yards on 12 attempts.

Former Bills running back Leonard Fournette.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JANUARY 07: Leonard Fournette #5 of the Buffalo Bills rushes during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Leonard…


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Fournette is a tough downhill runner and a dual-threat back who can also rack up yards after the catch. His most successful season came in 2019 when he secured 1,152 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, along with 522 receiving yards. Through his seven-year career, Fournette has surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage four times. He also has a Super Bowl ring on his resume.

Fournette jumped from the Jaguars to the Buccaneers in 2020, when he joined forces with Tom Brady, who had left the New England Patriots and marched the Bucs to a championship. In 2020, he secured 367 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, and 233 receiving yards.

He also became a postseason hero in 2020, bringing in 300 rushing yards, three receiving touchdowns, a 4.7 yards per attempt average, 148 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.

Fournette’s production might have dipped in 2023, but he will likely still be a veteran presence many NFL teams can rely on in the 2024 season. Injuries are also an unfortunate part of every offseason and season, so should teams lose running backs during training camp and/or preseason, Fournette might have a legitimate shot at making a 53-man roster.

Fournette is also only 29 years old. Though he might have been dealing with some undisclosed injuries in his last go-around, Schefter’s report suggests Fournette is in incredible shape. Time will tell if any NFL team will want to take a chance on the longtime veteran. He might end up on a practice squad initially, but could work his way back to being promoted should he still prove to be a viable dual-threat running back.