Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette has cleared waivers, according to the NFL transactions report for Tuesday.
Fournette, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was dangled for a trade all offseason by the Jaguars, but they were unable to find a partner according to head coach Doug Marrone.
Now, no team was willing to take on Fournette’s $4 million salary and he is a free agent eligible to sign with any of the 32 teams.
That should make it more likely for him to land with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he has continually been speculated as an option. The Steelers have been among the betting favorites to land Fournette, despite not even having the required salary cap space to claim him on waivers.
Now that that hurdle has been overcome, a Fournette sighting in the Steel City might be somewhat more likely.
Fournette wasn’t the only back with Pittsburgh interest on the wire on Tuesday. Longtime Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix was released by the Indianapolis Colts. As a vested veteran, Nix does not have to go through waivers and is also a free agent.