Jacksonville Jaguars: 3 bold trade ideas to land CB Xavien Howard

Miami Dolphins corner back Xavien Howard #25 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins corner back Xavien Howard #25 (Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Ben Bartch #78 (Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) /

3. The Jacksonville Jaguars trade OL Ben Bartch, Jones, and a 3rd-rounder.

If the Dolphins want more besides Sidney Jones. The Jaguars could throw second-year offensive lineman Ben Bartch into the mix. However, they would now give Miami a third-round pick instead of a second because Jacksonville needs to draw the line at some point.

This trade would benefit the Phins. They would move on from an elite player and get two players and a draft pick to fortify their roster. They selected left tackle Liam Eichenberg in this year’s draft and he might start in Week 1. Erek Flowers, the starter last season, appeared in 14 games and played 856 snaps at left guard for Miami last season.

Eichenberg may or may not be ready, so the Dolphins could add Bartch and have the rookie compete with the sophomore. Last season, the 2020 fourth-round pick started one game and played both guard positions for the Jags. Although he gave up eight total pressures in just 162 pass-blocking snaps, he also showed upside and could develop into a solid NFL starter.

The Jaguars would be moving on from a developmental project with potential but they would land an elite cornerback. Plus, they have a starting guard in Andrew Norwell, who has earned Pro Football Focus grades of 85.0 in four of the last six seasons. If the Ohio State product misses time in 2021, the Jags re-signed backup Tyler Shatley earlier this year, so they would be well-equipped to trade Bartch. Also, the team’s brass could replenish the position next offseason, so it wouldn’t be a big loss all things considered.

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