3 Best Offseason Moves From the Jacksonville Jaguars
By Zach Brunner
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the middle of yet another rebuild, after finishing last season with a 6-10 record. They have made free agent signings this offseason and trades to acquire more draft assets in order to truly start anew.
Let's take a look at the three best offseason moves by the Jaguars.
1. Trading Nick Foles
Earlier this offseason, the Jaguars sent Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a fourth-round pick, The move gets rid of the big four-year contract after just one season, allowing them to commit to the younger quarterback that actually performed better. Foles is not getting any younger, so whether Gardner Minshew works out or not, it makes sense for the Jaguars to go younger at the position during this rebuild.
2. Signing Joe Schobert
The big free-agent signing for Jacksonville was linebacker Joe Schobert, paying him $53.75M over five years. This signing gives the Jaguars one of the best young linebackers in the game to be the centerpiece of their rebuilding defense. At just 26 years old, Schobert has totaled over 100 tackles in each of the past three seasons, including 133 last year. He also had four interceptions, nine passes defended and two sacks in 2019.
3. Trading A.J. Bouye
Another big trade by the Jaguars was sending cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a fourth-round pick. With two seasons left on his deal, trading Bouye saves the team a lot of money. Bouye was also getting unhappy in Jacksonville, so the team likely felt he would not re-sign when the time came. Getting rid of him now ensures they get something for him, and they can continue to draft replacements during the second day of the NFL Draft.
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