Jaguars: 5 dream trade targets before the 2021 deadline

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Jaguars dream trade target No. 4 – Marcus Maye, safety

Safety isn’t a pressing need for the Jaguars. They signed Rayshawn Jenkins earlier this year and also drafted Andre Cisco. Moreover, Andrew Wingard earned a starting spot and sophomore Daniel Thomas, who showed flashes last season, is still on the roster.

Having said that, Marcus Maye would instantly upgrade the Jaguars’ defense. The 2017 second-round pick has been one of the best safeties in the league in recent years, logging 301 total tackles, 24 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and six interceptions over the last five years.

Maye wants to stay in New York and the feeling is reciprocated by the team but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him change teams before the deadline. He was slapped with the franchise tag earlier this year after failing to agree to a long-term deal. The fact that he was arrested for a DUI after a car accident earlier this year could complicate a potential trade.

Also, Maye’s presence in the Jaguars’ back seven could hinder Cisco’s development. As it is, the former Orangeman hasn’t played much and trading for the Jets’ safety could make it more difficult for him to see the field.

Don’t forget Maye will likely want to sign a top-market contract the following year. The team’s brass would have to decide if they want to commit a significant amount of money to the safety. In the end, it may not be worth the investment. Still, the Jaguars would benefit from acquiring him, at least in the short term.