Jaguars reportedly interested in key Kansas City Chiefs defensive star

It'd be a huge boost to Jacksonville's secondary.

Super Bowl LVIII - San Francisco 49ers v Kansas City Chiefs
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Even though the Chiefs' place the franchise tag on star cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, the rumors about a trade aren't slowing down. The team is still allowing Sneed to look for a trade, and after a strong 2023 season capped off with an even stronger Super Bowl performance, the four-year pro is reportedly in high demand.

One of the teams looking to make a deal for Sneed, according to an article from USA Today that went up on Thursday, is the Jaguars.

"A person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports that the Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars have expressed interest in the Chiefs corner," the article states. "The person told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Both sides have until mid-July to finalize a long-term extension or until the NFL’s trade deadline to part ways via trade."

Trading for Sneed would make a lot of sense for the Jaguars, whose secondary struggled for much of the season during an underwhelming 2023. Per PFF, both starting outside corners were below average: Tyson Campbell was ranked 75th out of 127 eligible corners, and Montaric Brown ranked 112th. Slot corner Antonio Johnson graded out a bit better, but only appeared in 10 games.

As a whole, the Jaguars' secondary wasn't as bad as the corners – safeties Andrew Wingard and Andre Cisco both had productive seasons – but Sneed would come into Jacksonville clearly the team's CB1. Last year, the team ranked 26th in passing yards allowed, 25th in touchdowns allowed, and 11th in interceptions. It sounds like there will be plenty of competition for the Chiefs star, but given how the pass defense in Jacksonville was last season, there are plenty of reasons to argue that the Jags should be all-in on Sneed, or any other of the top corners available this offseason.