Will the Jacksonville Jaguars consider making two trades before the start of the 2020 NFL season?
Once teams have a chance to assess their needs on the defensive line, one organization (or more) will put together some package that Jaguars general manager David Caldwell may look over or turn a blind eye. It appears Jacksonville is committed to keeping Ngakoue around this season, despite the 25-tear-old trying to do everything he can to escape North Florida.
As Sayre Bedinger of NFL Mocks wrote this week, Ngakoue is not the only player on the Jaguars roster to keep an eye on as training camps ramp up and trade rumors may do the same. Running back Leonard Fournette was the subject of those trade rumors around the NFL Draft and he could become another trade chip the front office explores before the season starts.
“The Jaguars get two players here because it’s tough to decide which player is more likely to be gone before the start of the 2020 season,” he writes.
I am of the belief the Jaguars are still going to listen to offers for Ngakoue because premier pass rushers are a hot commodity. How other teams view the former 2016 draft pick could be mixed, especially since Jadeveon Clowney has not signed with a team this offseason.
In the end, Ngakoue might become a better bargain player. Everyone wait and see.
Fans and local media know Fournette’s lifespan with the Jacksonville Jaguars is almost a guarantee to be over after this season. There was no effort to pick up his fifth-year option. There have been issues with the former LSU star and the front office. Despite his best season in the NFL last year (1,152 yards on the ground, 76 catches) he still has not gotten that vote of confidence from Caldwell.
Fournette said he would continue to play hard this season for his team, which essentially becomes a tryout for another team this coming offseason.
“Both Ngakoue and Fournette seem to have short-term futures with the Jaguars at best and both have been the subject of trade rumors all offseason,” Bedinger added.
There is also a chance both players begin the season in a Jaguars uniform, but could also land somewhere else before the trade deadline. It’s a matter of team needs and if the right trade offer makes sense once again.
As Bedinger said, “The Jaguars could probably get pretty good value for both guys, and especially if teams suffer injuries early at running back, Fournette could be traded before too long.”
The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Ngakoue despite his wish to be traded. There is $17.8M allocated in the team’s salary cap to keep him around in 2020. Also, the defensive end would have to sign the franchise tag first (he is the only player in the NFL to have not done so) before any deal could be done.
There are teams that have been linked to the Jaguars recently concerning Ngakoue. The Bills, Eagles, Jets, and Raiders appear to be the ones most likely to offer compensation to the Jaguars, but no deal has been struck just yet.