4 trades that could help the Jacksonville Jaguars reclaim the AFC South in 2024

• Here are 4 trades that could help the Jaguars win the AFC South in 2024 without breaking a sweat.

Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99)
Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Tee Higgins, wide receiver

For a brief period of time, it looked like Jacksonville was a realistic destination for wide receiver Tee Higgins, and why not? He was Trevor Lawrence's favorite target at Clemson. Moreover, he was set to become a free agent and the Jags would have a need at the position if Calvin Ridley hit the open market. Then, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to spoil the party and used the franchise tag on Higgins, effectively ensuring he sticks around in 2024.

But what if the Bengals were willing to listen to trade offers? They just gave Joe Burrow a long-term deal. Ja'Marr Chase should follow soon and Tyler Boyd is scheduled to hit the open market. If Cincy really wanted to keep Higgins around, they would've already given him an extension. He's certainly earned it.

Before Chase arrived in 2021, Higgins established himself as the top target in Cincinnati, hauling in 67 receptions for 908 yards with six touchdowns as a rookie. When you take into account that they lost Burrow to an ACL injury early in the year and Chase caught passes from Brandon Allen and Ryan Finley, his success is even more impressive.

But even after Chase became the Bengals' top receiver, Higgins still thrived, putting together a pair of consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Although he's coming off a relatively down season due to injuries, he should be back to his old self in 2024.

It's true that the Jaguars would have to probably give up a second or even a first-round pick to acquire Chase but it would be worth it when you take into consideration that he would give Lawrence a bonafide WR1.