The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST, so rumors of who could be on the move picked up over night as teams approach the deadline and make decisions about their team. I don’t believe the Jacksonville Jaguars will be trading for anyone, but new rumors seem to indicate they could be parting with someone.
NBC’s Peter King also mentioned Fowler in some comments about trades at the deadline:
The Rams, speaking of “baseball trades,” want a pass-rusher. I hear defensive coordinator Wade Phillips is lukewarm on Denver’s Ray (having coached him two years ago), and if the Jags make disappointing high first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr., available, the Rams would have interest. L.A. is unlikely to deal swing guard Jamon Brown for a late-round pick, though there’s been interest. He’s a low-cost insurance guy for the line.
In all honesty, it would make sense for the Jaguars to deal Fowler at the deadline if they can get something for him. Obviously if it’s just something like a sixth or seventh-round pick, you’d lean on keeping him on the roster, but anything on Day 2 or higher of the NFL Draft would be appealing. It seems obvious the Jaguars aren’t planning to keep Fowler Jr. when his contract expires at the end of the season, and based on how his season has gone it’s unlikely he will net a high end compensatory pick for 2020 if he signs elsewhere.
At the moment he’s only playing about
15 23 snaps a game and has done his usual disappearing act with less than a handful of splash plays mixed in, most notably his sack-fumble of Tom Brady in Week 2 when he returned to the lineup.
Maybe there’s an offensive lineman or receiver the Rams would be willing to package and part with, but even if you’re getting a third or fourth-round pick at this point, the Jaguars should go for it sitting at 3-5.