This Redskins-Jaguars Trade for Leonard Fournette Could Actually Work

Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson with Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette
Washington Redskins RB Adrian Peterson with Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette | Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

A backfield featuring a future Hall of Famer with an absolute bowling ball of a human? Sign us up.

The Washington Redskins backfield lacks a true alpha male, despite what Adrian Peterson might tell you. With that in mind, Leonard Fournette being available for trade becomes very, very convenient.

Washington has the cap space to make a deal with Jacksonville happen and ensure Dwayne Haskins has a solid rushing attack behind him in Year 2 as the starter in DC.

Fournette is going to leave Jacksonville at the end of this year if they don't move him, especially after the Jags didn't pick up his fifth-year option for $8.5 million. The Jags need to recoup some draft compensation while they still have the chance -- or risk another playoff-less year leading to another dreary offseason.

Washington has estimated top-51 cap space of $36 million, so they can make such a trade happen without batting an eye. A fourth-round pick ought to do the trick, which isn't a steep price to pay despite Fournette's contract situation remaining up in the air.

The Redskins, unlike other trade partners, actually have the cap flexibility to sign Fournette to a new deal should they choose, although it would break a recent trend of never paying running backs, period.

Fournette is a Pro Bowl-caliber talent, and there's no telling what he can do in an offense catered to his talents by necessity.