Is Leonard Fournette a good fit at running back for the Buffalo Bills?

Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Bucs (Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports)
Leonard Fournette, Tampa Bay Bucs (Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Buffalo Bills may look to add a running back this offseason. Is Leonard Fournette the answer to the position?

For most of the season, the Buffalo Bills didn’t get much from their running back position. However, that all changed against the Tampa Bay Bucs when they made Devin Singletary the featured running back and he would have the best stretch of his career with nine total touchdowns and averaged 90 yards from scrimmage per game in the final seven games of the season.

The question will be whether the Bills’ front office saw enough to stick with Devin Singletary into next season or look to add a free agent running back. If they do look to add a free agent running back one they could target was coincidentally on the other sideline in the game that started Singletary’s strong finish.

Could the Buffalo Bills pursue Leonard Fournette in free agency?

Leonard Fournette has had an interesting career to this point in the NFL. He started out as a first round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars and looked great as a rookie with over 1,000 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. However, Fournette did not sustain that success, and the Jaguars released him prior to the final year of his rookie contract.

The former LSU running back stayed in the state and joined the Tampa Bay Bucs and was a big part of their offense during their run to a Super Bowl title last year. This most recent season, Fournette had 820 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns with 69 receptions, 454 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.

Now set to be a free agent, it seems that Leonard Fournette will test the market to see what is out there according to FanSided’s Matt Lombardo:

"Through league conversations, it seems there’s a strong chance Fournette tests the open market, especially given the uncertainty at quarterback and potentially head coach Bruce Arians’ future."

If Fournette does test the market, Buffalo could be a landing spot. Recently Alex Ballentine with Bleacher Report named the Bills as Fournette’s next team.

"The Bills, despite having a legit option in Devin Singletary, could use a physical running back like Fournette. They drafted Zack Moss in the third round of the 2020 draft, but he was a healthy scratch on more than one occasion this past season.Adding Fournette would give them the physical complement they were looking for when they drafted Moss."

There is no question that Zack Moss has struggled and it will be interesting to see what direction the front office takes. The reason is that Devin Singletary was clearly at his best when he was getting a majority of the work. If Buffalo signed Fournette, this would not be the case and the offense would be back in a running back by committee.

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