Jacksonville Jaguars trade target No. 3- LT Terron Armstead
Whereas Marcus Davenport and Adam Trautman are young players, left tackle Terron Armstead is a veteran of eight years. A third-round in 2013’s draft, the three-time Pro Bowl has spent his whole career in New Orleans. In that span, he’s appeared in 89 games with 85 starts.
Last season, Armstead allowed just 15 total pressures and three sacks. In addition, he posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 86.3, the seventh-best mark among left tackles in 2020. He’s been so reliable that he’s earned a PFF grade below 80.0 just once over the last six seasons.
The Jaguars used the franchise tag on Cam Robinson. The team’s brass expects the Alabama product to turn the corner in 2021 despite the fact he has been inconsistent over his four-year tenure in Jacksonville. While it’s unlikely that Robinson will be a total flop, there’s a good chance he will fail to show he’s the long-term answer at left tackle. Meanwhile, Armstead would be a massive upgrade.
Now, there’s one factor that could make it very challenging to trade for Armstead. Releasing or trading (in this case trading) him would create a dead cap hit of more than $20 million. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has a penchant for moving on from players regardless of the amount of dead money the moves generate but this might be too much.
Trading for Armstead may prove to be more difficult than targeting Trautman or Davenport. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt the Jacksonville Jaguars to ask. Who knows? New Orleans’ doesn’t mind parting ways with their starting left tackle if they can get a wide receiver.