The New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in deep discussions regarding talented pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr.
The New York Jets are through two preseason games and two things have become apparent. The green and white have an average offensive line at best. Also, the Jets don’t have a pass rush.
Although the lack of a pass rush has been apparent over the last decade, the Jets are trying to do their best to solve that issue. Insert the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dante Fowler Jr.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has reported that the Jets and the Jaguars are engaged in trade discussions for the former No. 3 overall pick.
The initial thought would be this trade would be centered around Teddy Bridgewater who has been hot and heavy in trade rumors. But according to Mehta, that’s not the case, it’s revolving around the possibility of the Jets sending off what’s deemed a “premium pick” back the Jaguars way.
That was confirmed earlier this week when ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported on the Golic and Wingo show that the Jaguars were “unlikely to acquire Bridgewater because that would sabotage Blake Bortles’ who apparently they’re ‘in love with.”
If I’m the Jets, I try to find a way to send Bridgewater in this deal, so I don’t have to give up any picks. You already don’t have your second-round draft choice next season and you don’t want to lose more.
Although the Jets are in a pickle, they desperately need a pass rush and this may be an opportunity they can’t refuse.
A 24-year-old pass rusher who has proven production (12 sacks in last two years). He can be a special player that makes Jets fans reminiscence about the John Abraham days. Although if he was a perfect player, he wouldn’t be on the trade block. He has a few warts the Jets would have to seriously look at before pulling the trigger:
- Missed his rookie season with a torn ACL
- Fowler is suspended for the first game of this season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from three misdemeanor charges during an arrest in 2017, per Mehta.
- A potential rental because he’s entering last year of his deal, with the Jaguars declining his fifth-year option.