Jaguars: 3 bold trade ideas involving Cardinals OLB Chandler Jones
2. Jacksonville Jaguars offer WR Collin Johnson and a 3rd-round pick.
You have to give Chandler Jones credit. He’s upfront about why he wants out of Arizona. Jacksonville still has $26.86 million in cap space, per Over the Cap, so they would have no trouble giving him the pay raise he wants. If the Cardinals aren’t interested in second-year wide receiver Collin Johnson, right guard A.J. Cann could be an alternative.
The 2015 third-round pick has been one of the most consistent Jaguars offensive linemen and was recently named their most underrated player. Cann has proven to be pretty durable and has missed just five games during his sixth-year career. He is entering a contract year and releasing him or trading him would create a dead cap hit of $1.33 million. However, it would also free up $4.95 million in cap space, so the Jags would have even more money to pay Jones.
If the team’s brass traded Cann, they could have veteran Tyler Shatley compete with sophomore Ben Bartch for the right guard job. Shatley can line up anywhere in the interior and has been serviceable over his seven-year career. Last season, he appeared in 16 games and started ten. Bartch made one start and showed potential before being placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
Meanwhile, Cann would be an upgrade at right guard in the desert. He could beat incumbent Brian Winters for the starting job. Also, the Cards would get a third-round pick. This may not be the sexiest trade but it could potentially benefit both teams.