The Steelers are among the betting favorites to land former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, according to odds released on Monday.
Fournette, the former No. 4 overall pick, was waived by the Jaguars after three seasons on Monday, following his request for a trade this offseason. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said that the team tried to trade Fournette and could not find a willing partner. Fournette is scheduled to make over $4 million in salary this season
He’s currently going through the waiver process. If he’s claimed, the claiming team will have to honor his contract from the Jaguars. If he goes unclaimed, Fournette can sign a new contract with any team.
That combination of factors has the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots as the odds-on favorites to land the former LSU rusher.
The Bears are No. 19 in the waiver order and have over $15 million in salary cap space, while New England has the second-most cap space in the league with over $34 million per Spotrac.
Despite not having nearly as much cap space, the Steelers aren’t far down the list for Fournette’s services.
Following the leaders, Tampa Bay is given 7/2 odds of landing Fournette, then Washington at 4/1, Houston at 8/1, Atlanta and Seattle at 10/1 and Pittsburgh at 12/1.