3 Jacksonville Jaguars who could be put on the trade block before the 2023 NFL Draft
1. player the Jacksonville Jaguars could trade before the draft: Josh Allen, OLB
At first sight, parting ways with outside linebacker Josh Allen might not make sense. The former Kentucky Wildcat has been a mainstay of the Jaguars' defense and one of their most talented players since they made him the seventh overall selection in the 2019 draft. However, there are a few reasons the team's brass might decide to trade Allen.
After tallying 10.5 sacks and making the Pro Bowl as a rookie, the Virginia native has registered just 17 over the last three years. Granted, sacks aren't the only way to measure an edge defender's impact but Allen lags behind other pass rushers such as Maxx Crosby or Joey Bosa.
Having said that, Allen isn't a bad player. He creates pressure at a high rate, even if he doesn't always finish plays. Also, he's shown the ability to take over games such as Week 9 against the Bufallo Bills in 2021 or against the Tennessee Titans in last year's finale.
But Allen is entering a contract year and his lack of sacks might be a cause for a dispute in potential contract negotiations. A player should always try to maximize his earnings and get the best possible deal but Allen hasn't done enough to warrant a top-market contract.
The Jags would love to have Allen beyond the 2023 season but if his contract demands are unreasonable, they could use the franchise tag on him next offseason. This would ensure he remains on the team for the 2024 season but if they don't want to allocate a significant amount of cap space to Allen, they could then shop him around.
There are currently several teams on the market for pass-rush help and even though Allen is a fan favorite, the Jaguars should trade him now and start planning for the future.