Prior to the Jaguars' decision to waive Fournette on Monday, the former No. 4 overall draft pick spent three seasons with the team, enjoying his best statistical season in 2019 with 1,152 rushing yards, 522 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. This made up for a 2018 campaign where he missed several games due to injuries and a suspension and was "admittedly not in ideal shape" toward the end of the year. However, he was placed on the trading block in May after Jacksonville chose not to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract.
Furthermore, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was quoted as saying the organization waived Fournette because it was the "best decision for us as a team" and the move was strictly based on his on-field performance, as opposed to any off-field issues he might have had.
As further noted by ESPN, the new development with Fournette came close to one month after Tampa Bay signed another established running back in veteran LeSean McCoy — a former Pro Bowler who last played for the Kansas City Chiefs. According to the outlet, McCoy has "absorbed the playbook" since joining the Buccaneers and also had a good showing during last week's scrimmage.
In addition to Fournette and McCoy, the Bucs' running back depth chart also includes Ronald Jones, who won the starting job early in training camp, third-down specialist Dare Ogunbowale, and 2020 draft picks Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Raymond Calais.