No. 1 trade to propel the Jaguars to the Super Bowl: Budda Baker, DB
Here's a trade that might seem like an unnecessary luxury but would be a huge upgrade in the back end of the Jaguars' defense. Veteran safety Rayshawn Jenkins bounced back last year, making huge plays for Jacksonville in the second half of the season.
Similarly, Andre Cisco is seen as a candidate to take off in Year 3, so it might seem like there's no room to add Budda Baker but the coaching staff would surely find ways to feature all three on the football field. Conversely, the Jags could have an elite group of safeties and design packages that could maximize the skill set of all three.
Baker, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, is one of the best safeties in the league but he can play different positions across the backfield. On top of that, he excels against the run, so there are different ways defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell could deploy him.
Earlier in the offseason, Baker made it clear that he wanted to either get a top-market contract or get traded. Although his compensation for 2023 — $13.09 million and his request to get a new contract could be roadblocks to getting a trade done, the prospect of joining a contender could potentially lure him into joining the Jaguars. After all, Jacksonville is one of the hottest teams in the league and if they make a deep playoff run, his stock would absolutely go up next year, so this could turn out to be a win-win situation.