Should the Jacksonville Jaguars trade Dante Fowler to the Green Bay Packers before the NFL regular season starts?
Here we go again? Another potential trade involving Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler. This time, it’s the Green Bay Packers who should grab the young pass rusher while his stock has dropped.
According to Vinnie Iyer, it’s a deal both the Jaguars and Packers should make and one of five individual deals he examines. This isn’t the first time we have heard rumors or speculation of a trade involving the former Florida star and first-round draft pick. This is, however, the first time the Packers have been attached to such a proposal.
"“Khalil Mack has been a rumored target for the Packers, and Fowler has been a rumored target for the Jets. But the other way around is more realistic. Fowler, who just turned 24, didn’t get his option picked up for 2019,” Iyer writes."
Despite the off-field issues for Fowler, which include being suspended two weeks ago for violating team rules and for the first week of the NFL regular season for violating league rules, there is great value in Fowler’s pass rush skills. He doubled his regular season sack total to eight in 2017 and added two more in the playoffs.
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He provides great depth on the defensive line and given that he did not have his option picked up, this could be a monster season for the Jaguars lineman. But should this trade happen, as Iyer proposes, what would the adequate compensation be from Green Bay?
"“Given Fowler’s baggage, the Jaguars should jump at the chance to get a fourth-round pick for him,” explains Iyer. “The Packers shouldn’t sweat the loss of that pick too much, as they’re sitting on two first-round picks in 2019.”"
Fowler, along with Yannick Ngakoue, Calais Campbell and rookie Taven Bryan give Jacksonville a formidable pass rush. A trade could disrupt continuity. As I have said before, this is a season that could make Fowler a very rush player in the NFL. Regardless if he becomes part of the Jaguars future or for some other team, a trade now may make it harder for him to cash in a huge payday.
Iyer also sees this kind of trade as a preemptive strike should a deal be done in free agency where Fowler signs with another team in the NFC North.
"“Green Bay needs a young player with upside to boost its pass rush, and it could keep Fowler from landing with rival Chicago in the process,” he wrote."