The Jacksonville Jaguars were interested in acquiring defensive end Danielle Hunter in the offseason but they couldn't strike a with the Minnesota Vikings. Their pass rush could still use some help and there might be a handful of enticing options available before the NFL trade deadline. Washington Commanders' defensive end Chase Young might be the best of the bunch.
Young is one of the best pass rushers in the league right now. His pass-rush win rate of 20.6 percent and his 18.2 percent pressure rate rank ninth in the NFL. The fact that he's in a contract year and the Commanders might have trouble paying him and Montez Sweat make him a potential trade candidate.
Although outside linebacker Travon Walker has made progress in Year 2, the Jaguars need a bookend pass rusher opposite Josh Allen, who's having a banner season. Young would be an ideal fit. Insider Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report believes a third or second-round pick could get a deal done.
In addition to sending draft compensation to the Commanders, the Jaguars would probably need to give Young a contract extension. While that seems a price a bit too steep to pay, it may be worth it. Here are three reasons why the Jacksonville Jaguars should pull off the trigger and two why they shouldn't.
No. 3 reason the Jacksonville Jaguars should acquire Chase Young
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to bolster their pass rush
There's no doubt outside linebacker Josh Allen has earned a contract extension. The former Kentucky Wildcat is among the best pass rushers in the league and is on pace to set career highs in pretty much every meaningful defensive category. Similarly, Travon Walker has made progress in Year 2, ranking 26th in total pressures and 56th in win rate among 177 players with at least 50 rushes in the NFL.
However, the Jags could use another game-changer opposite Allen. You could make the case that Walker is that player but trading for Chase Young would give Jacksonville a third pass rusher to round out their rotation. Also, having Young in the fold would allow the coaching staff to deploy Walker in a three-point stance, where he excels at creating havoc.
The bottom line is that Walker may need another year to hit his potential but the Jaguars need an impact edge rusher right now. They would get him if they traded for Young.