Jacksonville Jaguars will have better options than Haason Reddick in the offseason

• Haason Reddick may be available via trade but the Jaguars should pass on the chance to acquire him.
Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7)
Dec 31, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick (7) / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Jacksonville Jaguars take care of outside linebacker Josh Allen, they should look for ways to bolster their pass rush rotation. There will be a handful of enticing options in the draft and free agency. But if they aren't thrilled with the options available they could outright trade for pass rush help. The one player they may be better off avoiding is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Haason Reddick.

Reddick was granted a request to seek a trade, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. A first-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2017, the Temple native needed a bit of time to hit his stride. Having only logged 7.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, he registered 11.0 in 20220. He then spent a season with the Carolina Panthers before signing a three-year, $45 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2022.

If the Jaguars traded for Reddick, they would be on the hook for his guaranteed $16 million salary in 2024. That's a relatively fair price for a player who earned Second-Team All-Pro honors in 2023. That said, the Eagles could be letting him seek a trade because they had a few bad apples in the locker room last year and Reddick might've been one of them.

Add the fact that the Jaguars will probably need to give Reddick a new contract, on top of whatever compensations Phily wants, and he may not be worth the investment.

There are different routes the Jaguars can take to address their pass rush

There's no doubt Haason Reddick is a dominant pass rusher, registering 50.5 sacks the past four seasons. However, he won't be the only option available in the offseason for the Jaguars and any other team that wants to upgrade their pass rush. Brian Burns, Danielle Hunter, and Chris Jones are set to hit the open market, and Jacksonville is reportedly interested in going after Hunter.

Granted, locking up Hunter will likely be more expensive in terms of cap space than trading for Reddick but they wouldn't have to give up compensation to land him. Also, there will be other budget-friendly alternatives in the open market, such as Denico Autry or Dorance Armstrong if the team's brass doesn't want to allocate much cap space to the pass rush.

Also, the Jaguars could upgrade the pass rush in the draft. While they several roster holes to fill, they could be in a position to take one of the top prospects in the first round. Laiatu Latu, Chop Robinson, and Chop Robinson all could be available when they're on the clock at No. 17. Either way, there are many options the Jaguars should consider before trading for Haason Reddick.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had ample opportunities to bolster the the pass rush. They didn't and it remains at the top of their to-do list. Fortunately, they'll once again have their fair share of options to address it. Doing so will be of utter importance if they want to rebound in 2024.

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