11:55 AM PT -- Fournette is breaking his silence on getting cut ... thanking the city and fans for their support over the past 3 seasons.
"We have been through some ups and downs, but y'all have had my back through it all," Fournette said in a statement.
LF also thanks the team for being his first home in the NFL ... and sends his best to his former teammates.
"To all of my brothers in the locker room from 2017 until today, y'all are family for life. I wish each of you the absolute best in your careers."
"I am excited about what will come next for myself. Wherever that may be, know that you will get a player who is focused, motivated, and ready to get to work."
An up-and-down road in Jacksonville has finally come to an end for Leonard Fournette ... the Jaguars star running back was just released Monday, the team announced.
The former LSU superstar -- the 4th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft -- was able to post solid numbers when he was in the Jags' lineup ... but injuries and off-field drama constantly plagued him.
The 25-year-old was only able to start 36 of a possible 48 games in 3 seasons ... and he consistently found himself butting heads with the team and former exec Tom Coughlin.
Remember, Fournette was ejected for fighting with Bills players during a game in 2018 ... and was later suspended by the league over it -- hurting the hell out of the Jags' chances to make back-to-back playoff runs.
Later that season, Fournette was made inactive for the team's final game of the season ... and was ripped by Coughlin for his "disrespectful" and "selfish" body language on the sidelines.
Fournette was also reportedly repeatedly fined and admonished for being late to or skipping team events ... and even famously threatened to beat a heckler's ass during a Jags-Titans game in 2018 as well.
Fournette was also arrested in 2019 over an unpaid speeding ticket ... and wasn't shy about voicing his concerns over Jaguars personnel decisions over the past year too.
Jags head coach Doug Marrone spoke about the move Monday morning -- say the team tried like hell to trade Fournette, but "there wasn't anything there."
He added cutting Fournette was "what's best for our team."
After his cut Monday, Leonard can now be claimed off waivers by any team ... but if he clears there, he's free to choose to sign with any of the 31 other teams in the league as a free agent.
In his career, Fournette has rushed for 2,631 yards and 17 TDs on 666 carries.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, have unloaded just about every superstar who helped them make the AFC Championship back in 2017 and now appear poised to be one of the league's worst teams in 2020.