Should the Jacksonville Jaguars explore a trade that would send Yannick Ngakoue to the New York Jets for safety Jamal Adams?
New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has formally requested a trade from his current team. Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has spent the entire offseason asking to be traded to another team so he does not have to sign the franchise tag tender of $17.8M the team has offered him.
Could the two disgruntled players, looking for a fresh start, find peace playing on opposing rosters and would it be advantageous of general manager David Caldwell to pick up the phone to see what it would take to bring Adams to Jacksonville in exchange for his unhappy pass rusher and possibly other consideration?
As Matt Lombardo of NJ.com wrote, the Jaguars should be a consideration.
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"“Similarly to the Colts, the Jaguars have a need and are flush with cap space,” Lomdardo writes. “Adams would be an immediate upgrade over Jarrod Wilson at free safety while filling a leadership vacuum on a young defense.”"
Adams’ name isn’t a new one to the Jaguars front office as he would have been a consideration with the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Then vice-president of football operations, Tom Coughlin, had a shortlist of players to select with the fourth overall selection. Jacksonville took LSU running back Leonard Fournette instead of Adams, but Fournette’s teammate would have been the selection if the front office had not decided to help the running game first.
The Jets picked Adams two spots later.
Lombardo thinks there is a chance this could happen with both players the center of a proposed trade deal.
"“If Jacksonville wanted to really outbid the competition for Adams’ services, general manager David Caldwell could offer defensive end Yannick Ngakoue in a blockbuster trade that would move two players seeking long-term deals and maybe even changes of scenery,” he adds."
The Jaguars used this offseason to add pieces to their defense – including the addition of cornerback Rashaan Melvin in free agency and then C.J. Henderson, another cornerback, from Florida in the NFL Draft. The Jaguars have Ronnie Harrison and Jarrod Wilson currently listed as the starting safeties on the roster.
Harrison playing on the opposite side of Adams makes the secondary that much stronger.
Yannick Ngakoue has given the Jaguars front office and coaching staff more than expected since he became the team’s third-round draft pick out of Washington in 2016. In four seasons he has produced 37.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles.