The Jacksonville Jaguars may be without their starting slot cornerback from last season. That’s if what ESPN’s Mike DiRocco believes comes to fruition to Aaron Colvin, who established himself as a better-than-average player who could very well get paid starter money and might not want to play second (third?) fiddle to A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey going forward.
When asked about the one player who needs a change of scenery to truly flourish and develop, DiRocco went straight to Colvin — and for good reason.
Cornerback Aaron Colvin
Colvin has been the Jaguars’ nickelback and slot corner, and the staff loves him. Unfortunately, they can’t pay him because they spent $26 million guaranteed on A.J. Bouye. There’s also Jalen Ramsey, one of the best corners in the league after only two seasons, who is also in line for a huge deal in two years. Colvin isn’t better than Ramsey or Bouye, and the only way he stays in Jacksonville is if he’s willing to take less money than he’d get on the open market as a pending free agent, which is unlikely. The Jaguars prepared for his departure by drafting Jalen Myrick in 2017. Colvin wants to play on the outside. There will be plenty of teams that will offer him good money to do so.
I think Colvin has been a good player for the Jaguars since being drafted in the fourth round, but there’s no moving to starter with Bouye and Ramsey in the lineup. He’ll want to go where the money (and playing time) is. Depth at this position, however, is a real concern. Who’s the new slot cornerback? Is it Myrick as DiRocco predicted? What about Peyton Thompson? Tyler Patmon? If one of those guys steps up, great. If not, what then?