With the recent news that left tackle Cam Robinson has a right knee injury, should the Jaguars make a trade offer for Trent Williams of the Redskins?
In light of the recent news that left tackle, Cam Robinson, will miss Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs due to a knee injury, the Jaguars should highly consider trading for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams – if Robinson’s injury is considered to be serious.
Robinson is already coming off a torn ACL of his left knee he suffered in week two of the 2018 regular season and his long-term health could be a detriment to the team. This is not the same knee he injured last year. Williams is currently holding out in hopes of a trade – he currently has two years left on a five-year deal he signed back in 2015.
It appears as if the holdout is not providing much traction for the seven-time Pro Bowler and his relationship with the Redskins appear’s to be strained. Despite Washington’s desire to keep Williams, the team could acquire some valuable pieces in exchange.
Enter the Jaguars.
With one of the worst offensive lines last season, in part due to injury, the Jaguars will greatly benefit from having a talent like Williams protecting quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles thrived in Philadelphia in large part because of a solid offensive line, and adding Williams could make the Jaguars’ front five one of the more formidable units in the league. Williams has only given up four sacks in the last three seasons.
Having Williams will also help in the progression of rookie right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who would learn an ample amount from the standout offensive lineman. Really, the entire offensive line would benefit from his presence on the field.
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But the biggest question is what would the Jaguars have to give up in order to acquire Williams. This answer is a tough one – defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.
Ngakoue has been a fan favorite and one of the best pass rushers in the NFL since being selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft — 29.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in three seasons. But recent contract talks with the Jaguars have gone nowhere and it looks like the team and Ngakoue are ready to part ways. Ngakoue turned down the Jaguars offer before training camp which was considered a “short-term” deal.
If this is true, the front office should at least bring in value instead of letting Ngakoue walk come free agency in 2020, which now is a possibility. Losing Ngakoue would be a tough pill to swallow for the team and fans, but the emergence of rookie pass rusher Josh Allen will make it easier.
Plus, not worrying about signing Ngakoue to a massive deal would open the door for the Jaguars to lock up – pun intended – cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a long term deal.
Ramsey wants to be the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, deservedly so, and the front office must make that happen. Having to sign Ngakoue makes that situation a bit more difficult.
The team announced it has signed linebacker Myles Jack a contract extension at four-years and $57M with $33M guaranteed. Ngakpue is still waiting for a deal to get done.
When the Jaguars hit on Ramsey, Jack, and Ngakoue, it should’ve been known that it would be very hard to keep all three together once their deals were up. Now, keeping two looks more like how this will turn out. So the question is will it be Ramsey or Ngakoue?
It’s a tough question, but most will choose Ramsey despite the great play of Ngakoue.
Don’t get me wrong, Ngakoue is a fantastic, young player and will surely be paid whether on the Jaguars or not, but this situation needs closure and resolve.
Quoting Marvel villain Thanos, “The hardest choices require the strongest wills.”
Trading Ngakoue out of the conference and bringing in a Pro Bowl left tackle is the best way for the Jaguars to maximize their return and propel themselves as contenders in the AFC once again.