At some point during every NFL offseason, each team does their best to shake up their respective roster, attempting to better their talent or obtaining players better suited to fit their philosophy. They may try to inject more youth into their lineups or add veteran leadership to their locker room. They may increase their cap space by releasing higher-paid veterans or use their remaining cap space to sign the best players possible. For the Jacksonville Jaguars, they need a roster shakeup in the worst way.
The Jaguars, led by owner Shad Khan and general manager Trent Baalke, have chosen to empty their wallets and use their vast amount cap space (sixth in the league with almost $39 million available prior to free agency) to attract several key players in the free agency pool and paying a pretty penny while doing so. Going into the draft, Baalke and the team’s brass own the No. 1 overall draft pick by virtue of having the league’s worst record, and, even after their massive free agency haul, they are still in drastic need of continue making changes.
Improving the overall talent level at almost every position is by far the most glaring need and Baalke has seemingly attempted to do just that by striking rich deals with some of the younger, more talented players in the free-agent market. Acquisitions such as wide receiver Christian Kirk, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, cornerback Darius Williams and tight end Evan Engram should all help to bolster what was arguably the league’s worst roster last season. However, with a new head coach (again) in Doug Pederson, there will no doubt be more significant roster moves ahead, even after the Jaguars’ brass do their best to add as much talent as possible in the upcoming draft.
That being said, there are several players currently on the Jaguars roster that may be traded in the upcoming months. These players may not fit Pederson’s vision going forward and could end up being released before, during, or after the preseason when the Jags have to ultimately trim their roster down to 53 players. Some of these players may also be in the last year of their contract without the likelihood of re-signing long term. Rather than cutting them and getting nothing in return, Jacksonville might look to trade them in an effort to maximize their remaining value.
Without further ado, here are three players that may be traded before the regular season starts, along with their possible destinations and trade compensation.