The NFL trade deadline is around the corner and teams have started to get busy. Just now, the Seattle Seahawks acquired defensive lineman Leonard Williams. Things should continue to heat up until 4:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, and teams in need of quarterback help should give the Jacksonville Jaguars about C.J. Beathard.
The Jags have a pretty good quarterback in Trevor Lawrence but if he ever needs to miss time, Beathard can fill in for him and keep the offense afloat for a couple games. Having said that, the Jags could afford to trade him due to the presence of Nathan Rourke.
While Beathard provides insurance, Rourke flashed potential in the offseason, completing 23-of-35 passes for 348 yards with one touchdown. Having spent nearly a year in Jacksonville, Rourke could step into the QB2 role if Beathard were to be traded.
A third-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, Beathard signed a two-year contract with Jacksonville in 2021. He was set to become a free agent in March but he inked another two-year deal. The former Iowa Hawkeye has only attempted 15 passes during his stint in Jacksonville but started 12 games with the Niners and went 291-of-497 for 3,469 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He could most definitely come in a help a handful of teams, including the next three.
No. 3 team that should rush to trade for Jacksonville Jaguars QB CJ Beathard: NY Jets
The New York Jets sent shockwaves around the league when they traded for Aaron Rodgers in the offseason. With the 2022 MVP in the fold, they were expected to turn into a legitimate contender. Unfortunately, Rodgers tore his Achilles after a handful of snaps in the opener. While he could tentatively return late in the offseason and rejoin the Jets for a potential playoff push, they need to get there first. They might not be able to do it with Zach Wilson at the helm.
Wilson has shown flashes this season but he could be a potential roadblock in the Jets' quest for a playoff seed. Although the former BYU Cougar led the game-winning drive against the New York Giants in Week 8, he's been mostly underwhelming in 2023, completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,337 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions.
All things considered, Beathard would be an upgrade at quarterback for New York. He could provide veteran leadership and keep the boat afloat while they await for Rodgers.