Jaguars have enough draft capital to pull off trade for Amari Cooper?
If Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke wants to secure some surefire help for his young quarterback, this trade scenario makes plenty of sense.
The Jaguars’ priority this offseason should be to get their signal-caller, Trevor Lawrence, plenty of weapons. That is the best way to ensure a young quarterback’s success in the NFL. See Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals as the prime example. Luckily for Baalke, the Dallas Cowboys could move on from Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Anything is possible when talking about the Cowboys, so if Jerry Jones will be taking offers for Cooper, the Jaguars are in the perfect position to offer draft capital for the wideout’s services. Besides, let’s not put it past Jones to trade Cooper to a team that had the worst record in 2021. More importantly, by moving Cooper, the Boys would free up nearly $16 million in cap space with a dead-money hit of $6 million if he’s dealt around draft time.
If you’re Baalke, you surround Lawrence with playmakers, and good things will happen. It’s not rocket science. Cooper’s contract is an expensive one, yes, but proven commodities in the NFL don’t come cheap. In this scenario, the Jags acquire Cooper in exchange for their two 2022 third-round selections. Keep in mind Jacksonville got an additional third-round pick, along with tight end Dan Arnold, when they traded cornerback C.J. Henderson to the Panthers.
The Jaguars need to reinforce their WR corps and a splash move.
If the Jaguars surround Lawrence with playmakers, good things will happen. It’s not rocket science. The wide receiver corps needs upgrading in Jacksonville, though there are young pieces in place with the likes of Laviska Shenault Jr. and Laquon Treadwell.
Marvis Jones Jr. amassed 832 receiving yards and four touchdowns as the de-facto number one receiver. A wide receiver group featuring Cooper, Jones, Shenault, and Treadwell would certainly aid Lawrence’s development in his sophomore campaign.
It would be a win-win for Jones too, mostly because he would receive two third-round picks to play with at this upcoming draft, but he would also ensure that Cooper would be out of the NFC East.
As far as Baalke’s concerned, he needs a splash move such as this scenario. His reputation is at an all-time low with many fans upset he wasn’t relieved of his duties after the Urban Meyer debacle. Secure a four-time Pro Bowl receiver and suddenly Baalke will have the benefit of the doubt from Duval.