Leonard Fournette is fighting for his guaranteed money.
The Jaguars running back filed a formal challenge against the team’s attempt to void over $7 million in guaranteed money for the final two years of his four-year, $27.2 million rookie contract, according to Pro Football Talk. An outside arbitrator will decide whether Fournette has a case.
Jacksonville’s decision to void Fournette’s guaranteed money came as punishment for the 24-year-old’s one-game suspension after he was involved in an altercation with Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson in Week 12.
Following his suspension, the team informed Fournette it was voiding the remaining guaranteed money in his rookie contract, citing a clause “that allows them to do so if a player isn’t able to play for reasons other than a football injury,” ESPN notes.
Fournette was limited to just eight of the team’s 16 games this season in a large part due to injuries. Though there was some tension between him and the front office near the end of the season, coach Doug Marrone confirmed earlier this week he met with Fournette to clear the air and prepare for what he believes will be a productive season in 2019.
Fournette, drafted by Jacksonville with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft, rushed for 439 yards and five touchdowns this season. But he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry on 133 attempts. The Jaguars fell to a 5-11 record and finished at the bottom of the AFC South.