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The Jacksonville Jaguars are in trouble. After a solid start to the season, they've imploded the past few weeks, getting manhandled by the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-14, before getting crushed by the Dallas Cowboys, 40-7, and losing to the Houston Texans, 20-7. There are fights in their locker room, low overall morale and now they've benched starting quarterback Blake Bortles. The only problem is the backup quarterback is former Cleveland Browns starter Cody Kessler. If the Jags are going to turn it around they need solid play from the quarterback position and it doesn't look like they'll get it from anyone on the roster, which means it's time to trade for a quarterback before October 30. Here are five realistic and fun options for the Jags.
1. Eli Manning, New York Giants
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This would be one of the wildest trades in NFL history and it might weirdly solve things for both teams? While I don't think either fanbase would be particularly happy, it's not like the Giants or Jags have a backup in place. So just swap quarterbacks and see where that gets everybody. Maybe Bortles will be really good with Odell?
2. Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints
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This one would be a great deal for the Jags and something they should have done back when the Jets were shopping Bridgewater. For some reason the team with Drew Brees decided to get one of the best backups in the NFL and the team with Blake Bortles went with Cody Kessler. I'm sure the Saints would part with Teddy for the right price.
3. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
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Another disgruntled starter in a poor situation, Carr was supposed to be rejuvenated under Jon Gruden but he's been average at best as the team has slumped to 1-5. Both Carr and Bortles are owed a lot of money, but Carr is still a more talented quarterback than Bortles and it's a move worth checking for the Jags. Gruden's shown he'll trade his top players.
4. Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals
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It's unclear how much better Bradford would be than Bortles, but sometimes just having a new quarterback can infuse some life into an offense. Bradford is a game manager at best, which is all the Jaguars really need as long as their defense plays well. This would be a cheap trade stop gap but may not be that much better than Cody Kessler.
5. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns
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Tyrod Taylor may not have been the right move in Cleveland, but he did still get the Bills to the playoffs last season. Taylor should be available for relatively cheap and could potentially give this Jags offense a jolt it desperately needs. If they really want a replacement for Bortles right now, there aren't many better realistic veteran options.
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