The Jacksonville Jaguars have assembled a well-rounded roster over the last two years. Not only do they have several star players but they also have depth across the board. Heading into the 2023 season, it might not be hyperbole to say that this is the most talented group the Jags have had in the last 20 years.
In fact, Jacksonville has stacked enough depth at some position groups that they could afford to trade a few players in the upcoming months. Here are five that could be shipped off by midseason.
No. 5 player the Jaguars could trade by midseason: D'Ernest Johnson, RB
This entry might seem odd when you take into account that the Jaguars just signed running back D'Ernest Johnson to a one-year deal in March. Then again, if general manager Trent Baalke has proven anything over the last two years is that he's not afraid to move on from players if he thinks the team can withstand their departure.
Back in 2021, Jacksonville traded quarterback Gardner Minshew and cornerback Sidney Jones and they did just fine without them. Later that year, they sent C.J. Henderson to the Carolina Panthers and they reunited him with wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. last offseason.
While Minshew, Henderson and Shenault were still on their rookie contracts, Jones had inked a new deal just a few months before he got traded to the Seattle Seahawks, which is why it wouldn't be shocking to see the Jags put Johnson on the trade block.
Even though the former South Florida Bull has a realistic shot at becoming the top running back backup behind Travis Etienne, the Jags also drafted Tank Bigsby and brought back JaMycal Hasty on a two-year deal. Simply, they have the depth to potentially move Johnson.
During his four-year stint with the Cleveland Browns, Johnson showcased big time ability. If a team suffers an injury at running back, they could come calling and offer the Jaguars a sixth or seventh-round selection in next year's draft.