The Jacksonville Jaguars have several positions to address this offseason. Center may be the most pressing one but they must also bolster the pass rush. Although Travon Walker and Josh Allen give them a dynamic tandem, they need to round out their rotation. The Bleacher Report scouting department may have come up with a promising suggestion.
B/R put together a list of trade proposals and had the Jags acquiring defensive tackle Jonathan Allen from the Washington Commanders, arguing that they need to load up on talent while Trevor Lawrence is still in his rookie deal.
"This is a deal that is about two teams at different stages. The Jaguars are closing out their era with Trevor Lawrence on a cheap rookie contract. Assuming they pick up his fifth-year option for 2025, his price tag is about to go way up. That gives the Jaguars two seasons to try and make a run while he's still cost-controlled."
B/R suggests Allen is worth second and fourth-round picks, pointing out that it's a fair price when you take into account that he would give them a defensive tackle who could bring the heat inside.
Allen, a first-round pick in 2017, has spent his seven-year career with the Washington Commanders, making two Pro Bowls along the way. He's registered 39 sacks and two forced fumbles in that span. While the Alabama product posted a career-low Pro Football Focus overall grade of 59. in 2023, he had scores of 80.0 or higher the previous three seasons.
The fact that the Commanders traded Montez Sweat and Chase Young last season, made it easier for opposing teams to zero in on Allen. Yet, he still managed to tally 5.5 sacks. It's fair to believe that he could have a bigger impact playing alongside Josh Allen and Travon Walker in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars may not want to give up draft picks to trade for Jonathan Allen
As great as it would be to have Jonathan Allen round out the Jaguars' pass rush rotation, general manager Trent Baalke may not be willing to part ways with draft picks, especially a second and a fourth, to acquire him. See, the Jaguars showed interest in trading for defensive end Danielle Hunter last offseason but ultimately stayed put. They didn't probably pull the trigger because they believed the price was too steep.
Maybe the prospect of failing to make the playoffs last year will incentivize the Jags to be more aggressive in loading up on talent. However, there's no reason to think they'll be open to trading for Allen when defensive tackles such as Christian Wilkins or Leonard Williams will likely be available in free agency. On top of giving up draft picks, Jacksonville would need to account for Allen's salary and a potential extension.
Allen is set to have cap hits of $21.4 million and $23 million in 2024, and 2025, respectively. Giving him a new deal could reduce his cap number the next two seasons, so the Jaguars could definitely work things out. Also, having a player of his caliber would give the defensive front a much-needed boost. That said, there may be better, less expensive alternatives in the open market.
All in all, Jonathan Allen would be a solid addition to the Jacksonville Jaguars' interior defensive line at a reasonable price. It would be up to the front office to decide whether they would pull the trigger on a deal like that.