Whether it’s Trevor Lawerence (most likely) or Justin Fields, it’s a safe bet the Jacksonville Jaguars will take a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. That leaves Gardner Minshew II out of the long-term picture, so the team’s brass needs to decide what they will do with the Washington State product.
In 2019, Minshew was 285-of-470 for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Heading into the 2020 season, there was a possibility he would continue developing and turn into the long-term solution at quarterback. However, he came crashing down and ended up losing the starting job due to injuries and inconsistency. Once he was healthy, he couldn’t claim the job back and was relegated to backup duties while veteran Mike Glennon got the starting nod.
Glennon is set to become a free agent, and there is no indication he will be back with the team in 2021. Also, the Jaguars have Jake Luton on the roster and could keep grooming him. Meanwhile, Minshew has two years left on his rookie deal and could be Jacksonville’s primary backup this season.
On the other hand, the ‘Jags’ should explore the possibility of trading the third-year quarterback. There currently aren’t any reports the team intends to do so, but no stone should be left unturned. Especially now that the team is going to start. Here are two potential trade destinations for Minshew.