Earlier today, the Jaguars announced that they’ve traded quarterback Gardner Minshew II to the Philadelphia Eagles. The compensation has been reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport as a conditional sixth-round pick that can turn into a fifth-round pick in 2022 if he plays in 50% of three games this season.
This move comes just a few short days after first-overall pick, QB Trevor Lawrence, was named the team’s starting QB against the Dallas Cowboys tomorrow, and moving forward against the Houston Texans in Week 1 and beyond.
The move for Lawrence becoming the team’s starter was a formality, and trading away Minshew became more expected as the days went on.
Minshew began his career in Jacksonville in 2019 when he quickly became a sensation, starting for an injured Nick Foles, and having plenty of success during the first few games of the season. Minshew would go on to become a national star of sorts, creating the term “Minshew Mania” throughout media circles.
Over the course of his career in Jacksonville, Minshew started 20 games, completing 501 out of 797 passes (62.9%) for 5,530 yards, 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The third-year quarterback, however, would go through plenty of adversity last season after injuring his thumb, not reporting it to the coaches and ultimately getting benched as a result. Now, he will get a fresh start in Philadelphia, working behind Jalen Hurts and likely Joe Flacco as the team’s third-string QB for the foreseeable future.
Former Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell is also currently in Philadelphia as a personnel executive, so the connection to Minshew is there. Caldwell selected Minshew in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
In addition to trading Minshew, the Jaguars also signed former Ohio State receiver Devin Smith, who has spent time in the NFL with the New York Jets (drafted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft), Cowboys, Houston Texans and most recently, New England Patriots.
The team has also signed offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He most recently played for the Miami Dolphins this offseason, while playing for the Patriots last season.