No. 3 player the Jaguars should try to trade: CB Tre Herndon.
The Jaguars re-signed cornerback Tre Herndon for the second consecutive year and it’s easy to see why. An undrafted free agent in 2018, the Vanderbilt product played special teams for most of his rookie season but went on to start 14 games in 2019. The following season, he also played all 16 games and made 12 starts, prompting the team to bring him back on a one-year deal.
Herndon was set to start at nickel in 2021 but hurt his MCL during the preseason and wasn’t fully healthy throughout the year, which forced safety Rudy Ford to take his spot in the lineup.
In spite of being hurt last season, the Jags gave Herndon another one-year deal but even if he’s fully healthy, he will no longer have a starting role as Darius Williams was brought in to line up in the slot. Making things more difficult for Herndon is the fact that the team’s brass just drafted Montaric Brown and Gregory Junior. While they’re both developmental prospects, either one could become a solid contributor.
Herndon isn’t a Pro Bowl player but he has starting experience and has lined up in the slot and the perimeter. Teams that need depth at cornerback could use him. Last year, the Jags traded Sidney Jones to the Seattle Seahawks before the start of the 2021 season even though they had given him a one-year deal a few months earlier. Herndon could find himself in the same situation.