The Jaguars are in full Super Bowl or bust mode, or so it would appear. On the Friday before the trade deadline they acquired one of the most physically gifted defensive tackles in football Marcell Dareus to add to an already nightmarish defense.
Now, if the team really wants to compete for a Lombardi trophy in 2017 (and beyond), they need to do a little (a lot) bit of work on the offensive side of the ball. The running game and the offensive line are good enough to compete in the playoffs, but the passing offense needs a major overhaul. It's highly uncommon for a team to completely revamp an area of their team mid season, but that's exactly what I think the Jaguars should do.
Here's three realistic moves that would allow the Jaguars to do just that.
1. Trade for Kirk Cousins - After the 49ers pulled off a Monday trade that saw them acquire QB Jimmy Garoppolo, they're no longer in the market for a QB. The Jaguars should strike now. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will be a free agent following the season and will likely end up somewhere other than Washington. Instead of playing the bidding game later, the Jaguars should throw some draft picks at the Redskins, aquire him now, and compete for a SB in 2017. The Jaguars might have to give up multiple first and second round picks, but they could conceivably only have to give up a first and a second. It makes sense for the Redskins too - they'll want to get something for Kirk Cousins instead of letting him walk. Either way, landing a franchise type QB is well worth it. Fix the QB problem in Jacksonville and become a legit SB contender right now.
Adding Cousins, or any other QB to the mix, would also allow the Jaguars to deactivate Blake Bortles thus eliminating the risk of him getting injured and the team being on the hook for his fifth year option.
2. Trade for Jarvis Landry - The Dolphins are having a fire sale on their skill position players. It's rumored that the Jaguars have interest in Landry. And why wouldn't they? A player that can dominate the field and gain yards after the catch like a running back - sign me up. Landry is still in the early stages of his career and would immediately become Cousins go to target. The Jaguars might have to give up a third round pick and a player for Landry, but he'd be worth it. If the Jaguars add Landry they go from a team that has a major need at WR to one that has Marqise Lee and the newly healthy Dede Westbrook on the outside, and Allen Hurns and Jarvis Landry in the slot. That would open up a lot of options for Kirk Cousins and greatly reduce the pressure on Leonard Fournette to beat eight and nine man boxes.
3. Trade for Eric Ebron - Ebron, a former first round pick, has been a bit of a disappointment for the Lions. He's had his fair share of drops. But the Jaguars have zero receiving threats at the tight end position. Ebron is one of the most gifted athletes in the NFL and would demand respect down field. He would be another piece that would help the Jaguars to open up the field. He may only cost a fourth or fifth round pick - the Jaguars should be more than willing to acquire a receiving threat at tight end.
The Jaguars likely won't pull off any of these moves, but they should try. Some might argue that it will hamstring the Jaguars 2018 draft, and it certainly would. But tell me where this team has holes after these trades . . . I dare you. Depth at CB? Yeah, the Jaguars could use that, but they'll have plenty of resources to be able to handle that situation in the offseason.
Get the job done, Jaguars!
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