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Happy Thursday, everyone! We’re already getting news that a premier offensive tackle is on the chopping block so... yeah, we’re gonna talk about that.
Here’s all the Jacksonville Jaguars news that’s fit to print, or find from around the Internet — we’ve got Orlando Brown’s fit with the team, Gardner Minshew trade destinations, and more.
How would an Orlando Brown trade look for the Jaguars?
After going 1-15, the Jacksonville Jaguars have several upgrades to make on their roster, and left tackle for Trevor Lawrence could be among them. Cam Robinson’s contract has expired, and the team now has to decide whether they should keep him on a long-term deal, franchise tag him, or look for another option in free agency or the draft.
However, a situation in Baltimore has unfolded where Pro Bowler Orlando Brown has requested a trade in hopes to find a team that will allow him to play left tackle. With the Ravens signing Ronnie Stanley to a five-year extension worth $98.7 million last year, they view him as Lamar Jackson’s blindside protector of the future.
ESPN thinks Jaguars target these top free agents next month
With Super Bowl LV over, the NFL has now truly entered offseason mode, which means roster decisions for current players, free agency and the NFL Draft are all things on the horizon. The Jaguars have of course already been in offseason mode for a while, hiring Urban Meyer as head coach and building a whole new staff and culture.
Jacksonville could be a big spender in free agency if it wants to be, as the Jaguars have the most salary cap available in the league in 2021 with almost $80 million at the franchise’s disposal as things currently stand, according to Spotrac.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler recently published an article looking at best team fits for each of the top-50 available free agents in 2021. Of those 50 players, Fowler thinks three of them make the most sense to end up in Jacksonville, including his second-ranked free agent, offensive tackle Trent Williams.
4 teams that could trade for Gardner Minshew
This offseason, the quarterback carousel is spinning hard and many teams are looking to upgrade the most important position on the football field. The Detroit Lions already shipped Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia Eagles could trade Carson Wentz at any moment.
Those may not be the only trades that will materialize this offseason. The Panthers reportedly offered a first-round selection and Teddy Bridgewater for Stafford, and they may not be done looking for a signal-caller. Keep in mind that the demand for quarterbacks outweighs the supply, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few teams make a run for Gardner Minshew.
Jaydon Mickens goes from sleeping in car while on Jaguars practice squad to Super Bowl champion
When Jaydon Mickens first got to the Jacksonville Jaguars as a member of their practice squad three years ago, the former undrafted wide receiver found himself sleeping in his car in the parking lot at Everbank Field.
Pete Prisco likes Jaguars’ playoff chances
There might not be anybody higher on the Jaguars’ chances to improve than CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, who believes the postseason is a real possibility for the Jaguars next season.
With a bolstered staff, a plethora of cap space, and several draft picks, Prisco said he felt the Jaguars were an easy fix after the Super Bowl, but added they wouldn’t be ready for a push for the Lombardi Trophy until later.
Re-draft of the 2020 NFL Draft: What would the Jaguars do differently?
The Super Bowl is over. Free agency and the 2021 NFL Draft are right around the corner. It’s time for the Jacksonville Jaguars to shine, folks.
ESPN had all their team reporters re-draft the first two rounds — all 64 picks — and asked them to explain their reasoning, especially in the instances when they went away from what the teams they cover had done. The order that follows is from when the draft began last April.
Buccaneers players the Jaguars could sign in free agency
While the Jaguars are projected to have $73 million in cap room, the Buccaneers will have $24 million and may need to cut a few players if they want to have enough wiggle room to make meaningful moves this offseason. Tom Brady may want a raise and tight end Rob Gronkowski is set to become hit the open market.
Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett, two of Tampa Bay’s most important defensive players, are also scheduled to become free agents. Even though it’s not feasible to re-sign all of them, the Buccaneers will need as much cap room as they can get to keep one or two of them.
Chiefs players the Jaguars could sign in free agency
The Chiefs have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL but may not be able to keep it together in the offseason. They are currently $19 million over the cap and will need to restructure a few contracts and release some players in order to get out of the red.