1. Detroit Lions
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been compared to the Detroit Lions lately. Both clubs hired new head coaches in 2021 but they've taken different paths. The Jags fired Urban Meyer less than a year after hiring him while the Lions have gotten progressively better under Dan Campbell. It's true that the Jags restarted again in 2022 and they made the playoffs in Doug Pederson's first year as the head coach. That said, Detriot is coming off the NFC Championship.
Where the Lions and Jacksonville differ is at the roster level. The former has been loading up on young talent the past three years while the latter has had several misses in the draft in the same span. Now, Detroit is ready to reload while the Jags find themselves with several needs to address in the offseason.
What makes the Lions' future more promising than that of Jacksonville is that they have ample cap space, so they could make a couple of splash signings in free agency. Conversely, they could poach a proven game-changer, someone like Allen.
Allen would give Detriot a dynamic pass-rush tandem alongside Aidan Hutchinson, the second overall pick in the 2022 draft. Already, they have ample talent on offense, they now need to restock their defense. The fact that they have plenty of ammo would allow them to pull off a blockbuster trade in the offseason without compromising their future.
Sure, trading two first-round picks for Allen wouldn't be cheap but when you take into account how well they've drafted in the later rounds, it would be a sound investment. That makes you think, why have the Jaguars not extended Allen? Other teams will most likely inquire about his availability in the offseason. General manager Trent Baalke wouldn't be getting those calls if they had already taken care of Allen.