With the Jacksonville Jaguars deep at a few positions (wide receiver, linebacker, offensive tackle), it wouldn't be the most illogical thing for the team to consider making a move on the trade market to try to boost the depth of other positions they are hurting at, such as defensive tackle and cornerback.
Of course, these are just our hypothetical suggestions in the event the Jaguars do explore a trade. This is not a suggestion that any of these players are actually on the block or that the Jaguars would have any tangible interest in trading.
Since Dave Caldwell took over as general manager in 2013, he has made just three trades during training camp/the preseason. So while making a deal before Week 1 isn't a pattern Caldwell or the Jaguars have adhered to, no possibilities should be ruled out in a season as strange as this.
So, which players would make the most sense for the Jaguars to move if they wanted to improve their defensive tackle or cornerback depth or add more draft picks before Week 1? We propose five who make the most sense.
Note: Dede Westbrook is currently dealing with a shoulder bruise so any team would need to be confident he would pass a physical, but the injury is week-to-week and does not require surgery.
Fourth-year slot receiver Dede Westbrook landing on this list is in large part due to the sheer numbers the Jaguars have at wide receiver. DJ Chark is the unquestioned No. 1 wide receiver, Laviska Shenault is a rookie second-rounder who should have a big role in the offense, Keelan Cole has had a fantastic training camp, Collin Johnson has shined as a fifth-round rookie and, finally, Chris Conley was more productive than Westbrook last season and could be seen as a more valuable piece in 2020.
Westbrook is a fine player, but he has had issues with establishing himself as a consistent weapon in Jacksonville's offense since he was drafted in 2017. He has had his moments, but it is hard to currently justify giving him a lot of snaps considering the rest of the talent at the position. The Jaguars like Westbrook, who is in a contract year, but this is a position they can afford to unload at.
Teams who make sense as trade partners: San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots.
With left tackles always being looked at on the trade market, it wouldn't be hard to understand why the Jaguars could move third-year offensive lineman Will Richardson, even if he is a talented player they are high on. Teams across the league are always looking for starting-caliber left tackles, even if said player has as limited experience (two starts and one training camp) as Richardson does.
Richardson is a valuable player for the Jaguars since he has played so many different roles for the team, but he hasn't been able to crack the team's starting lineup unless there have been injuries. Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor are completely locked in as the team's starting tackles, so Richardson could potentially provide more value to the Jaguars as a trade piece than as a sixth lineman. He is a solid player who would need to be replaced as the swing tackle (Austin Pleasants has done well in camp, maybe he could step into the role), but teams may be willing to pay a decent price for his services if they are in dire need for a tackle.
Teams who make sense as trade partners: Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Chargers.
Like Richardson, Leon Jacobs is a third-year member of the roster been a solid player for the Jaguars and who they are high on. But the Jaguars have plenty of other options at strong side linebacker, the only position Jacobs has played for them, so they could afford to potentially move on from the experienced linebacker. For other teams, Jacobs makes sense as an edge setter and blitzing linebacker.
Jacobs may be limited in his potential roles so it remains to be seen exactly what the Jaguars could get for him, but he is a starting-caliber strong side linebacker who has at least shown the ability to be an impactful run defender and blitzer. Cassius Marsh has excelled at camp, and other players like K'Lavon Chaisson could play strong side linebacker for the few snaps it is on the field on Sundays, so it isn't like the Jaguars would be scrambling for replacements in the event he is traded.
Teams who make sense as trade partners: Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders.
Even if we don't think the Jaguars would consider trading Fournette since he is set to be a key part of Jay Gruden's offense, he can't be left off of this list. The Jaguars have already floated his name in trade talks before in 2020, so Fournette is a player who needs to be monitored in any event the Jaguars attempt to make a trade this season.
Fournette likely wouldn't net the Jaguars a big haul since he is in a contract year and has had issues with consistency throughout his NFL career, but he did show last year that he can stay healthy and carry the load for an offense. This year, he looks leaner and more agile and explosive in training camp, so maybe a team that was high on him as a prospect in 2017 could believe has turned a corner and make a deal for him. Again, we wouldn't trade Fournette -- we would let him play out the final year of his deal and attempt to make him the centerpiece of Jacksonville's running game at least one more time. But if a team comes calling with an enticing enough offer, it could be hard to blame the Jaguars for listening.
Teams who make sense as trade partners: Washington Football Team, Chicago Bears.
We thought about a few different players for this final spot, but we are going to go with a likely surprising name in safety Andrew Wingard. Wingard is a special teams ace who thrived on kickoff and punt teams as an undrafted rookie in 2019, and he has continued to make big plays in special teams during training camp this season. Wingard also started two games at safety last season, recording a forced fumble, sack and 30 tackles, so he does have experience on both special teams and defense.
Wingard is a key part to Jacksonville's special teams unit and as of now he is likely the team's No. 3 safety, but they have enough depth at safety to shoulder trading him. Players on the roster like Josh Jones, Brandon Watson, Daniel Thomas and J.R. Reed all make sense as rosterable safeties who can pull duties on special teams and defense if needed. As for Wingard's value, he makes any sense for a team that needs a developmental safety or a special teams boost.
Teams who make sense as trade partners: Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins.
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