The Jaguars have agreed to trade Nick Foles to the Bears for a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick.
There's a lot to unpack here, so I'll cover the five most significant ramifications from this trade, as it pertains to the Jaguars.
Gardner Minshew is "the guy."
That's right. It's time for more Minshew Magic. By trading away Nick Foles, the Jaguars have sent a clear message to their team and the rest of the NFL that they are going to role with Gardner Minshew in 2020. The Jaguars will need to do everything they can to build around Minshew for the remainder of the offseason.
The Jaguars now have TWELVE 2020 draft picks.
Can you keep count? The Jaguars have two first-round picks, a second-round pick, a third-round pick, three fourth-round picks, two fifth-round picks, two sixth-round picks, and a seventh-round pick. With all that draft capital, the Jaguars will be able to maneuver up or down the board, at anytime as they see fit. I doubt they'll use anywhere close to the 12 picks they currently hold, but they'll get plenty of value out of this draft and should be able to build a young nucleus on defense and continue to surround Gardner Minshew with talented skill players.
The Jaguars save cap space in 2020 and beyond.
The Jaguars will save $3 million in cap space in 2020, which will help them to add another veteran at a position of need. But they save even more moving forward. In 2021, the team will save almost $27 million by trading Foles. The Jaguars now have a clear path to a healthy cap situation in 2020 and beyond.
Yannick Ngakoue could be soon to follow.
Just after news of the Nick Foles trade surfaced, Yannick Ngakoue posted an hour-glass emoji on his twitter. A not so subtle hint that he believes his time to be dealt to another club is coming? If the Jaguars do send Ngakoue elsewhere, they'll likely come away with another first or second-round pick to add to their current draft arsenal.
The Jaguars are going to be incredibly young.
The Jaguars' oldest projected starter is DJ Hayden, who is 29 years old. This team is going to be filled to the brim with young, inexperienced players. Adding a couple more veterans in free agency or via trade will be crucial if the Jaguars hope to be competitive in 2020. The Jaguars will likely end up being one of the top three youngest clubs in the NFL to start the 2020 season, if not the youngest.
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