3 reasons the Jaguars should trade for L'Jarius Sneed, 2 they shouldn't

• Trading for L'Jarius Sneed would help the Jaguars address a need.

Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) reacts
Jan 13, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) reacts / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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2 reasons the Jaguars should trade for L'Jarius Sneed

2. Wide receiver may become a bigger need than cornerback

As of this writing, the Jaguars have not re-signed wide receiver Calvin Ridley. They've stated that they want to bring him back and Trevor Lawrence would like him to come back in 2024. That said, his return is far from guaranteed. If he hits the open market, he will have no shortage of suitors.

The Jags could extend him before free agency starts but they would have to give up a second-round pick as part of the trade they made with the Atlanta Falcons in 2022. For the sake of argument, let's say Ridley walks. The team's brass would then need to replace him, and they would probably use a first or second-round pick to do so.

While losing Ridley in free agency won't prevent the Jags from pursuing Sneed, the odds of a trade taking place would decrease considerably.

1. The Jaguars may not want to pass up the chance to draft a young corner

There's no doubt L'Jarius Sneed could help the Jaguars but they may not be rushing to trade for him when you take into account that this year's draft will feature lots of talent at cornerback. At No. 17, they should be in a position to take one of the top 3 prospects in the draft, whether it's Terrion Arnold, Cooper DeJean, or Kool-Aid McKinstry. But even if they wait until Day 2, they will have options.

This is to say that Sneed would be a great addition that could help the Jaguars right away but they could be better off long-term if they went the draft route. Add that a rookie's salary won't take up much cap space the next four years and the front office may be hesitant to give Sneed a new deal and compensate the Chiefs.

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