The Jaguars Trade for Hayden Hurst
This seems like a no-brainer move to me as the Jaguars bring Hayden Hurst home to Jacksonville where he grew up. Having a hometown hero on the roster is unique and could help put butts in the stands, especially if this becomes a breakout season from Hurst.
The Jaguars have had some of the worst luck in the league when it comes to the tight end position, which has been decimated the past two seasons. With the team’s top three options on the injured reserve list for the majority of the 2019 season, Marrone was a bit handcuffed in how to approach game planning.
One of the things that the Jaguars front office will also like is Hurst is a fairly cheap addition to the team, costing just $1.48 million this season and $1.98 million in 2021. There is still a chance the team drafts another tight end or seeks a low risk, high reward player in free agency like Tyler Eifert.
I suspect the Jaguars will make adding to this position a major need this offseason. If they trade for Hurst, if the compensation is right, that takes some of the burden off Caldwell to add other key parts to the offense.