5 Jacksonville Jaguars that could be traded this offseason
No. 2 Jacksonville Jaguars player who could be traded – Brandon Linder
You might have heard that all good things must come to an end that could apply to center Brandon Linder’s tenure in Duval. The 2014 third-round pick has been one of the best centers in the league over the last eight years.
As recently as this past offseason, Pro Football Focus ranked him as the sixth-best center in the league and the Jaguars’ offensive line is better with him than without him but that’s the thing, he’s been hurt more often than not these past couple of years, missing 12 games in that span.
You may have heard that availability is a player’s best ability in the NFL and that’s true for Linder. What’s the point of being the best at what you do if you can put your skills to use? That’s why they must consider moving on from him. There would be a market for his services and there are surely a few teams that wouldn’t mind forking a draft pick (or picks) over in exchange for the veteran center.
Now, trading Linder comes with pros and cons. Trading him would free up $10 million in cap space, and they have an adequate replacement in offensive lineman Tyler Shatley who’s started in his place whenever he’s had to miss a game. On the other hand, the team has more than enough cap space to keep him, who is one of the team’s captains and a locker room leader.
The Jaguars must decide whether the benefits of trading Linder outweigh the risks.