Jaguars OT Walker Little dubbed a potential Raiders trade target

• Walker Little has been named a trade targets for the Raiders. Should the Jaguars pick up the phone?
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Walker Little (72) runs on the field before an NFL football
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Walker Little (72) runs on the field before an NFL football / Corey Perrine / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Jacksonville Jaguars currently have a logjam at left tackle, with Cam Robinson and Walker Little under contract throughout 2024. Add the fact that they may target an offensive tackle early in the draft and the Jags could be in a position to trade either Little or Robinson. Coincidentally, Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report believes one of them would be a fit with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Ballentine recently put together a list of players the Raiders should target in the offseason. He believes Little would be a great fit at right tackle.

"What would make a lot of sense for the Raiders is finding a potential long-term solution at right tackle at a bargain price. That's exactly what could happen if they trade a Day 3 pick for Walker Little. The former second-round pick is on the final year of his rookie contract and the Jaguars aren't currently planning on starting him with Cam Robinson and Anton Harrison on the roster."

The Raiders already have a left tackle in Kolton Miller, who's under contract throughout the 2025 season. However, incumbent Jermaine Eluemunor is set to hit the open market, so they could have a legitimate need at right tackle. Eluemunor has progressively improved the past two years. He will probably be a hot commodity if he leaves Las Vegas but Little is a much better player, so it would indeed make sense for the Silver & Black to consider the possibility of trading for him.

That said, a fifth-round pick is too low of a price for Little. A second-round pick in the 2021 draft, he's shown potential when called upon. When Cam Robinson got hurt to end 2022, Little filled in for him and the Jaguars didn't miss a beat. The same happened when Robinson served a four-game suspension to start the 2023 season. Little gave up just five total pressures and one sack. He then got bumped to guard to give stability to the position.

Although Little struggled inside early on, he quickly found his feet and thrived. Unfortunately, injuries held him back in the second half of the season and saw his playing time decrease down the stretch. That said, the former Stanford Cardinal has shown he can more than hold his own and could be an in-house option to replace Robinson long-term if he's traded in the offseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars may be better off trading Cam Robinson

The Jaguars couldn't get the running game going or protect Trevor Lawrence last year, due to their offensive line woes. Revamping the unit should be one of their top priorities in the offseason. Among the decisions they'll have to make is whether they'll keep Cam Robinson around or move on from him. He's set to have a cap hit of $21.1 million but they could free up $17.3 million in cap space with just $3.8 million in dead money if they release him or trade him.

The offensive line played much better once Robinson returned from his suspension. However, the savings they could get by releasing him would allow them to address other needs in the free agency. The fact that they have Little in the fold gives them the flexibility to trade Robinson.

Robinson has made it clear that he wants to remain in Jacksonville but it may not be feasible due to cap constraints. Similarly, Little gives the team an option in case they want to move Anton Harrison back to left tackle. Little competed with Jawaan Taylor for the right tackle job in 2022's training camp. He hadn't previously lined up on the right side but managed to take things to the wire. It's reasonable to think he could play at a high level with more time to get fully acclimated.

The bottom line is that Walker Little could give the Jacksonville Jaguars a building block. They should only consider trading him in the offseason only if they get an offer they can refuse. Let's say a second or third-round pick at minimum.

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