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Should the Dolphins Trade for Leonard Fournette?

The Jaguars are looking to ship off there franchise running back after only three seasons with the team. The Dolphins could consider a trade with the Jaguars for Leonard Fournette. 

Background of Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He was supposed to be the franchise running back for the Jaguars, but he is being traded after only three seasons with the team. In 2017, Fournette rushed for 1,040 rushing yards, nine touchdowns, and averaged 3.9 yards per attempt. Fournette had a sophomore slump in 2018, and he also missed eight games that season. In 2019, Fournette began to rise as a running back once again, rushing for 1,152 rushing yards, three touchdowns, and averaged 4.3 yards per attempt. 

Impact on Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins just signed Jordan Howard on a two-year deal worth $9.75 million. If they added Fournette to the running back core, they would not have to worry about a running back in the draft. They could focus on other significant needs such as offensive line and safety instead of running back. Fournette and Howard could become a top-five running back duo in the NFL and stomp over the league. Fournette is also on the last year of his contract, so the Dolphins would be able to let him become a free agent if he does not perform well. Also, Fournette could be another weapon for whichever quarterback starts next season for the Dolphins

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks before the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Potential Trades for Leonard Fournette

One potential trade for Leonard Fournette is the 39th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and Vince Biegel. The Jaguars need some linebackers depth since they have had some disappointing linebackers in recent years. Biegel just signed a restricted free agent tender and could be a cheap and good depth for the Jaguars. The Dolphins have two second-round picks, so losing one for a valuable running back is not a significant problem. The second potential trade for Leonard Fournette is the 26th pick and the 154th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Dolphins are projected to pick D’Andre Swift at this pick, so trading this pick for a proven running back would be the best option for the Dolphins. Also, the Dolphins have 14 picks this year, so even giving up one fifth would not be a loss. 

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