5 players the Jaguars could trade for a decent return this summmer

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Jacksonville Jaguars safety Daniel Thomas (20) at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4 player the Jaguars could trade this summer: Daniel Thomas, S

Safeties don’t generally have as much demand as cornerbacks or edge rushers but they still play an important role on defense. Heading into training camp, the Jaguars have several players with starting experience at the position, so they could afford to trade one of them.

Andre Cisco is poised to make a big leap while Rayshawn Jenkins is expected to rebound after having a down year in 2021, so it would be extremely unlikely to see the Jags part ways with either one. Andrew Wingard, who may compete with Cisco for a starting job, signed a one-year tender in the offseason and would be a solid reserve. That leaves Daniel Thomas as a potential trade target.

A fifth-round selection in the 2020 draft, Thomas earned a starting role as a rookie and showed flashes before an arm injury cut his season short. The Auburn product ended up playing just 161 defensive snaps but he logged one interception, 18 total tackles, and two passes defensed.

Thomas returned to the bench in 2021 but saw playing time towards the end of the season when Jenkins and Andrew Wingard were unavailable. He went on to make two starts and amassed 17 total tackles.

Back in 2020, the Jags traded Ronnie Harrison to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick. Harrison had more experience when he changed teams, having started 22 games, but maybe the Jags can aim for a fifth-rounder if they’re willing to listen to offers for Thomas.