It's a shocking development to say the least and reeks of heavy-handed Tom Coughlin influence. It's safe to assume the Jaguars have been frustrated with Fournette's continuing injury issues coupled with noticeable frustration from the player as the Jags continue to put a poor product on the field. It appears Jacksonville is about to clean house though targeting your highly drafted (2017) running back in such a way is a dubious move at best. For his part, Fournette's constant ankle issues are an issue and have obviously affected his weight and conditioning. He looked noticeably lighter to begin the season but suffered a hamstring injury early which cost him half the season before returning in week 10, only to then be suspended for week 13 for a fight occurring week 12. Upon returning, Fournette appeared much heavier than earlier in the season and lacking burst and power. The final straw for management seems to have come as Fournette and T.J. Yeldon, himself a free agent in 2019, were 'caught' on camera sitting on the bench next to each other with their arms crossed seemingly uninterested in the game.
Injury frustrations aside, it's hard to side with the Jaguars here as it's obvious poor field performance, coaching and management have played a significant role in player relations. Yeldon is certain to move on in free agency and it now appears Fournette will be released or traded as well. It's safe to assume there's little way either player will wish to return. Fournette's situation could get dicey if Jacksonville decides to play hardball with contractual obligations though it's unknown at this time what that could mean. His value had already been in deep decline and may continue until more about his future becomes clear, likely as we near the NFL Draft. Turning 24 in less than a month, Fournette has unquestionable skills when healthy but it's safe to wonder if he'll ever be healthy again. He'll have an entire off-season to focus on his health, conditioning and his determination to prove the Jaguars wrong in 2019. All signs point to Fournette being traded early or released in 2019. He's currently found as DLF RB14.