Jacksonville Jaguars acquire OT Jonah Williams: 3 trade proposals
The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't signed any players from other teams in this year's free agency but they let a few of their own walk, including right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who signed a four-year deal worth $80 million with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The silver lining of losing Taylor to the Chiefs is that Walker Little is ready to step in at right tackle. The former Stanford Cardinal competed with Taylor for the starting job in training camp. Although he lost the battle, he flashed starting potential when he was given the opportunity and there's a good chance he could be even better if he gets a significant amount of reps in training camp.
But if the Jags aren't ready to hand Little the starting job, they should consider giving the Cincinnati Bengals a phone call and inquire about offensive tackle Jonah Williams, who formally requested a trade after Cincy signed Orlando Brown Jr. in free agency.
A first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams has mostly played left tackle for the Bengals but the arrival of Brown cast doubt on his role with the team moving forward. Right tackle La'el Collins tore his ACL last year but he's set to return to the lineup in 2023, so it's easy to see why Williams might think he might be better off somewhere else.
Williams missed his entire rookie campaign with a shoulder injury but has started 42 games over the last three years. Although he's coming off a somewhat underwhelming season, he played through a knee injury and could bounce back in 2023 if he's 100 percent healthy.
Cincinnati picked up William's fifth-year option and is slated to make $12.6 million next season. And if the Jags think he could be an upgrade on the offensive line, they should take a flyer on him, and here are three proposals to land him.
3. The Jacksonville Jaguars trade a mid-round pick for OT Jonah Williams
This is the most simple and straightforward way to acquire Jonah Williams. Even though he's held his own, he hasn't truly lived up to his draft billing. His best season came in 2021, when he posted a Pro Football Focus overall grade of 77.1 and gave up eight sacks and 42 total pressures.
The fact that Williams has dealt with injuries throughout his career could also hurt his trade value. On top of that, his salary next season is guaranteed, so a third-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft seems more than fair.