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According to a rumour, Leonard Fournette’s coaches are not pleased with his approximate 260-pound weight.

A little overlooked in the early 2020 signings of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski was the coupe that discovered running back Leonard Fournette in Tampa. The former Jaguars running back committed to a one-year contract with the Buccaneers for that campaign, and he emerged as a key cog in the team’s Super Bowl LV victory. The next offseason, Fournette was given a second one-year contract, and he once more made an impression, amassing over 1,200 yards from scrimmage and scoring 10 touchdowns in 2021.

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The 27-year-old signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Tampa Bay this offseason as a result of all of that. The Bucs coaches don’t seem to be overly pleased with how Fournette has conducted himself, though, now that the contract has been signed. He missed all of the offseason OTAs, and when he did show up for the required minicamp, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the coaches were dissatisfied with his conditioning and nearly 260-pound weight.

On the Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast, Stroud stated of Fournette, “Coaches were not happy, and that’s an understatement, when he didn’t participate in the OTAs, but then he shows up at the mandatory minicamp weighing darn near 260 [pounds].” And that’s not good for a person you just signed a three-year contract with, I say.

On the Buccaneers website, Fournette is officially listed as weighing 228 pounds, which indicates that he may be 30 pounds overweight. In the Bucs offence over the past two seasons, the veteran has established himself as a three-down back. However, if he continues to carry that weight, that could change, especially with pass-catching options like Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard on the roster. Additionally, Arizona State running back Rachaad White was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round.

On July 26, veterans will formally report to the Buccaneers’ training camp, and Fournette’s conditioning will undoubtedly be one of the first storylines to be followed.

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