3 reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars should trade for Chase Young, 2 they shouldn't

• The Jaguars tried to acquire Danielle Hunter in the offseason

• They still need pass rush help

• Here's why they should go after Chase Young

Oct 15, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (99).
Oct 15, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Chase Young (99). / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 1 reason the Jacksonville Jaguars should acquire Chase Young

The Jaguars can make it work and retain most of their core players

It's true that the Jaguars would be without a couple of early draft picks and experience cap constraints if they traded for Chase Young. However, they can work around the cap and look for ways to re-sign as many of their core players as possible.

This past offseason, the front office restructured several contracts to get under the cap and they could do it again next year. Moreover, they could create around $17 million in cap space if they released or traded Cam Robinson. They could also recoup a mid-round pick, maybe a second if they traded him given the demand for left tackles in the league. Either way, the Jaguars would know how to navigate the cap room.

On top of that, the Jaguars have done a good job of drafting and developing late-round picks. For instance, cornerbacks Gregory Junior and Montaric Brown, a sixth and seventh-round pick in last year's draft, have improved considerably.

In the same manner, rookies Parker Washington, defensive end Tyler Lacy, and defensive back Antonio Johnson could step into bigger roles in 2024. This could mitigate the lack of draft picks and cap space Jacksonville would need to deal with if they trade for Chase Young.

In the end, the benefits of trading for Chase Young outweigh the potential risks. They would need to make a significant investment but they would also get a difference-maker that could increase their odds of making the Super Bowl this season.

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