Jacksonville Jaguars better off trading these 3 players before deadline

A Jacksonville Jaguars fan at TIAA Bank Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Andrew Norwell #68 at TIAA Bank Field. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) /

Player No. 2 the Jacksonville Jaguars should trade – G Andrew Norwell

During the offseason, there were whispers about the Jaguars potentially trading left guard Andrew Norwell. Ultimately, the Ohio State product ended up staying and agreed to restructure his contract.

Norwell has been a staple of the Jaguars’ offensive line since signing a five-year contract in 2018 that made him the highest-paid guard at the time. Even though he hasn’t played at a Pro Bowl level, he’s held his own. The veteran has played 98 percent of the team’s offensive snaps this season and has posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 68.3. Moreover, he hasn’t allowed a single sack and has given up just five total pressures.

You could argue that it doesn’t make sense to trade Norwell because he’s having a good year but he’s set to become a free agent next offseason. The Jaguars must revamp their offensive line, and they should consider going younger at guard. Back when they signed Norwell, he was coming off the first and only First-Team All-Pro nod of his career, that’s why he charged a premium rate for his services.

Moving on from Norwell would also allow the coaching staff to develop sophomore offensive guard Ben Bartch. The Jags could trade him to a team in need of offensive line help. The Las Vegas Raiders could be a possibility but Jacksonville should call several teams and see if there’s interest in Norwell.