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    Running back Leonard Fournette was injured Quincy Williams Jersey 2019 , suspended and on the bench in crunch time. He was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.Fournette was more of a problem than a pro.And now the Jaguars (5-11) have to decide what to do with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. It’s one of the main questions Jacksonville faces as it heads into an offseason that will be focused on revamping an offense that ranked 31st in the league in scoring.Coach Doug Marrone confirmed Monday that the team has voided the remaining guarantees in Fournette’s four-year rookie contract worth $27.1 million. The team made the move following Fournette’s weeklong suspension in late November. Fournette still could challenge the decision, which could cost him up to $7.1 million.At the very least, Fournette is now at risk of being cut or traded. No one would be surprised to see either happen after Sunday’s season finale at Houston.Fournette and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon spent most of the 20-3 loss on the bench and disengaged from coaches and teammates. Fournette was inactive because of foot and ankle injuries; Yeldon was active but did not play.More Jacksonville Jaguars newsJaguars get help for Nick Foles with signings of WR Chris Conley, RT Cedric OgbuehiIt’s official: Jaguars agree to terms with Super Bowl MVP QB Nick FolesJaguars, guard A.J. Cann agree to terms on 3-year contractJaguars reportedly agree to 4-year, $88 million deal with QB Nick FolesJaguars cut 5 veterans, including defensive lineman Malik Jackson, safety Tashaun Gipson“It’s disappointing what occurred the other day,” Marrone said Monday. “We have taken care of it from a disciplinary standpoint Quincy Williams Jersey Color Rush , but like what I’ve always told you, those things remain between the club and the player.”Personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped both players for being “disrespectful” and “selfish.”“Their behavior was unbecoming of a professional football player,” Coughlin said in a statement.Fournette has missed 11 games in two seasons because of injuries and suspensions. The former LSU star ran for 439 yards and five touchdowns in eight games this season after running for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.But he also was suspended one game in 2017 for leaving early during the bye week and suspended a week without pay for leaving the bench, running across the field and instigating a fight with Buffalo defensive end Shaq Lawson on Nov. 25. Fournette lost nearly $100,000 in salary during the weeklong suspension. It could cost him considerably more if the Jaguars decided to cut him with no guaranteed money remaining.“I definitely pride myself on trying to help some of the younger guys develop,” veteran defensive end Calais Campbell said. “I do believe that he’s a good person at heart and wants to be a good player. This is a unique situation, but I believe that he’s going to continue to mature and hopefully be who we need him to be.”Jaguars owner Shad Khan opted to keep Coughlin, Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell intact for 2019 , giving them a chance to fix the team’s problems. Jacksonville finished last in the AFC South after making the conference championship game last January Black Quincy Williams Jersey , a freefall that could be blamed mostly on offensive injuries and ineptitude.Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was fired in November, creating one opening Marrone still has to fill. Quarterback Blake Bortles, who regressed in his fifth season and was benched, expects to be released before March.“When things don’t go well, a lot of it falls on the quarterback’s shoulders,” Bortles said. “I know that and signed up for that and have no problem with it, whether it’s a scapegoat or whatever you want to call it, somebody’s got to take the blame when things don’t go well. I think Nathaniel was one of those guys. I think I’m one of those guys. And I think other guys on this team were part of that as well.”Right tackle Jermey Parnell, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Carlos Hyde could join Bortles in the free-agent market. Yeldon, receiver Donte Moncrief Quincy Williams Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys , right guard A.J. Cann and running back Corey Grant are soon-to-be free agents. So are eight reserve offensive linemen.So numerous changes are coming for Jacksonville’s offense.And now Fournette’s future looks as wobbly as one of Bortles’ passes.“Availability, coachability and scheme,” Marrone said when asked about the offensive makeover ahead. “When I talk about that, we have to do a better job with the players we have available. We have to do a better job if those players don’t become available, what we’re going to do next. I think that’s an important thing when we look at it, and I think that was a mistake that I made this year.” The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting running back Leonard Fournette for tomorrow’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a fight in the second half with Buffalo Bills..."The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without starting running back Leonard Fournette for tomorrow’s game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a fight in the second half with Buffalo Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and deservedly so — Fournette ran in from the opposite sideline and immediately squared up on two Bills players pushing and shoving fellow running back Carlos Hyde.And former Jaguars great Jimmy Smith isn’t happy about it... or much else going on with the team this year.Smith was a guest on 1010XL’s “XL Primetime” radio show to discuss the Fournette suspension and other issues surrounding the team last week and Smith did not hold back, saying Fournette wasn’t thinking of the team when he ran onto the sidelines.“It goes to maturity and this is not the first-time that he has been suspended,” Smith said. “It seems like these guys get suspended pretty often for knucklehead things. He’s got to think team first and in that game, he wasn’t even on the field, he was on the sideline ... I understand him trying to protect his teammates Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys 2019 , but in reality, you didn’t protect your teammates, or your team. He had to be on the field. If he wants to pick a fight, pick a fight with himself and remain on the field and finish the ballgame.”Smith even went so far as to say that the Jaguars would not have lost last week had Fournette stayed in the game.“If he played in that second-half we would have won the ballgame. I know there is a lot of frustration and guys want to take it out on each other and on their opponents, but you just have to play football, show great leadership, and love your team.”The former All-Pro wide receiver also gave his opinions on Jalen Ramsey, arguably the best player on the team, saying the star cornerback’s trash talking has put a target on the team’s back.“We took care of business on the field and left all the trash talking alone. We did a little trash talking inside the game, but there was no bulletin board material or any of that stuff. Just play the game. You get paid to go out and play the game. You don’t get paid to trash talk ... You look at Jalen Ramsey’s trash talk and where it’s gotten him and the whole defense. Team’s gear up for you when you trash talk. They go out to prove a point and Buffalo was a prime example.”“I don’t remember ever in franchise history having as many issues as we have had just this one season with suspensions and trash-talking. Loud teams in the NFL aren’t the ones that are winning Youth Quincy Williams Jersey , the quiet teams are the one that are and when I reflect back to our glory days, we were a quiet team.”Lastly, Smith discussed the firing of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, saying he was surprised it didn’t happen sooner in the season.“I thought it would have happened a few weeks earlier while the team still had some time to give it a shot. You have to shake some things up when things are not going well and I’m surprised that he stayed employed that long ... Now, I think that it is more than Nate Hackett that is the problem, or it may have not been Nate Hackett at all, we will find that out.”Read all of the transcript from the interview at 1010XL’s website here.