Would the Jacksonville Jaguars do the unthinkable and try to move up to grab the next franchise quarterback in the NFL?
Would this team risk the future of the franchise to trade up for Joe Burrow?
Granted this is all hypothetical. The Jaguars, who have the ninth and 20th picks in the first round of the NFL Draft would have to do a great job in free agency of securing veteran help on the offensive line, add a tight end and plug the middle of the defense with better than average run stoppers.
It’s something Parzych talked about in his story about 10 NFL teams that need to secure the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner’s services.
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"“Just when it seemed like the Jacksonville Jaguars finally figured out their quarterback situation, the team enters the offseason with a ton of uncertainty,” Pazych writes.“Last year, the Jaguars seemed like they finally found their answer in Nick Foles after signing the former Super Bowl MVP to a whopping deal, only to finish the 2019 season with Gardner Minshew as their starter.”"
Because of the injury to Foles, which took away 13 ½ games of the NFL season, Parzych added the situation is unfortunate. It also creates some drama this offseason for Jacksonville as they do not have an offensive coordinator in place now that John DeFilippo and head coach Doug Marrone “mutually parted ways” on Monday.
Trying to make a play for arguably the next big thing in North Florida would cost the team more than it received in the deal that sent Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams midway through the 2019 season. Is that kind of gamble worth it, know there are many holes this team must fill this offseason?
The Cincinnati Bengals, who own the first overall pick, would want the Jaguars two first-round picks and other draft and potential player compensation for that kind of move.
While there are questions about Foles and whether he can return to the player we saw in training camp and the first 10 plays of the season, there are still questions whether Minshew can be an effective NFL starter who can lead this team to the red zone and score points. Jacksonville was ineffective on offense last season to the tune of just 18.8 points per game, which was 26th in the NFL.
The team invested more than $50 million in guaranteed money to bring Foles in to change the quarterback situation here in Jacksonville. The roster relied on Minshew to play Superman as a rookie, which led to six wins. Moving on from Foles would be a salary cap nightmare and would further sink the Jaguars into the NFL abyss.
Truthfully, Burrow in a Jacksonville uniform would put people in seats in TIAA Bank Field. But the love of Minshew, which is still a “thing” here with the Jaguars, presents another intriguing setup for the beginning of OTAs, training camp and beyond.
"“If the Jaguars do move on from Foles, it’s certainly going to cost them a hefty price when looking at all the guaranteed money in his contract, but also there is no guarantee that Minshew will be the better option in the long run either,” Parzych adds.“But also, if the Jaguars believed that Burrow would be better than both of their current options, well then maybe the unthinkable of trading up could happen.”"