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Jets reach out to Jaguars about Dante Fowler, per report

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The New York Jets reached out to the Jacksonville Jaguars to gauge interest in a trade for defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr., according to a report by Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News. The report comes the day after Fowler returned from his week long suspension of a violation of team rules following a camp fight with fellow defensive lineman Yannick Ngakoue.

Gang Green reached out to the Jaguars to gauge their interest level in trading uber-talented – and mercurial - defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr., according to sources.

The 24-year-old Fowler, who returned Monday from a week-long suspension for violating team rules and “conduct unbecoming a Jaguars football player” after fights in practice, would be an ideal fit for the Jets, who haven’t been able to generate consistent pressure off the edge in years.

Fowler has only practiced twice this offseason so far after missing most of the offseason and training camp with a shoulder injury and starting on the physically unable to perform list. Two days back, Fowler was in two fights and shortly got suspended. Not only that, but Fowler is suspended for the first week of the season for an off field issue last offseason.

It was mentioned a week ago that it wouldn’t be all that surprising that Fowler would be on the trading block, especially if the Jaguars weren’t sure that Folwer and Ngakoue could co-exist during the season, but it is interesting that the report is that another team reached out to the Jaguars about it.

The Jets are in need of an edge rusher, which Fowler might be able to give them. Fowler’s time in Jacksonville is pretty clearly over after his contract expires, as he’s never going to be able to unseat Ngakoue from the starting role, but it’s all about what the Jets would be willing to give up.