This trade proposal would give Jaguars cornerback group a huge boost

• Paulson Adebo would be a low-key intriguing addition to the Jaguars' cornerback group.

November 27, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo (29)
November 27, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo (29) / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a pair of starting cornerbacks in Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams. However, that shouldn't stop them from restocking their cornerback group this offseason. While there will be several intriguing options in free agency and the draft, they could opt for the trade route. One player, in particular, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report believes Jacksonville should target is Paulson Adebo, who previously played for defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen.

Nilsen drew up a list of dream trades for each NFL team and chose Adebo for the Jags, arguing that the secondary would get a boost and Nielsen would get a player he's acquainted with.

"Improving a defense that ranked 22nd overall in 2023 would be a great way to start. Specifically, they need to improve a pass defense that ranked 26th in yards allowed last season. With just $17.2 million in projected cap space, though, adding a premier cornerback in free agency may not be feasible.

An ideal solution would be to pry cornerback Paulson Adebo away from the Saints. He is an ascending talent who allowed an opposing passer rating of only 62.7 last season."

Knox points out that acquiring Adebo would cost a Day 2 pick. Coincidentally, the Jaguars are set to have two first-round picks (if they give up their second as part of the Calvin Ridley trade), so they could easily inquire about him. Given that the New Orleans Saints are in dreadful cap shape and may be in dire need of whatever relief they can get, this trade proposal isn't that farfetched.

Adebo, a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, has been a consistent contributor in New Orleans the past three years, appearing in 45 games with 44 starts while registering seven interceptions, two forced fumbles and 33 passes defensed. While he gave up 15.1 yards per reception, he only surrendered one touchdown. On top of that, he allowed a solid 56.8 percent completion rate. The Jaguars could most definitely use that kind of production.

Trading for Paulson Adebo make sense but the Jaguars have more options

The Ryan Nielsen connection makes trading for Paulson Adebo a realistic possibility. Nielsen was the co-defensive coordinator for the Saints when Adebo was a sophomore. Adebo is the kind of cornerback that he needs to run his scheme. The Jaguars could acquire him and have him compete with Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams for one of the starting jobs in the boundaries.

An alternative would be to release Williams to free up $11 million in space, trade for Adebo and plug him in opposite Campbell. That said, there are a few things the Jaguars would need to take into account before considering Adebo. For starters, he's entering a contract year. Unless the Jaguars re-sign him, he could be a one-year rental. Williams and Campbell are also set to become free agents next year, so bringing all back could prove to be a challenge.

Also, this year's cornerback class would be stacked, so the Jaguars could easily add one or two. When you take into account that they would get younger at the position without taking up much cap space, that's the course of action the team's brass might choose to take.

Also, there's a chance the Jaguars may want to use their third-round pick to address another position, so they may not have ammo to trade for Adebo.

The bottom line is that Paulson Adebo would most definitely help the Jaguars but acquring him is not the only way the Jaguars could bolster their cornerback room this offseason.

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