The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a stunning trade, sending left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens for a package of late round draft picks. Monroe was a first round pick in 2009, and he was the Jaguars’ best offensive lineman. His trade opens the door for this year’s first rounder, Luke Joeckel, to move to the left side.
A full breakdown down of this deal from the Ravens’ perspective can be found here, but this trade is also very interesting from Jacksonville’s perspective. By trading arguably their best player, the Jaguars are waving the white flag on this season and trying to acquire future assets. The question is, are more moves like this coming?
If the Jags are trying to move on from veterans and acquire future picks, they have several candidates to be traded. These players include star running back Maurice Jones-Drew, tight end Marcedes Lewis, defensive ends Jason Babin and Tyson Alualu and linebacker Paul Posluszny.
There figure to be several teams interested in each of these players if the price is right. Jones-Drew is can still be a very effective back if he has a decent offensive line if front of him, and he could draw interest from teams such as Miami Dolphins or St. Louis Rams. Alualu is a very solid end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and there figures to be no shortage of buyers for him.
A team looking for a pass rush boost could make an offer for Babin, while anyone with a need at tight end (maybe the Kansas City Chiefs) might like to add Lewis, though his contract may limit his market. Posluszny is a very productive middle linebacker, and he would be a huge upgrade for a team like the New York Giants.
For the Jaguars, it appears a really bad team is about to get even worse. They should easily get the first pick in 2014 draft, and they might actually go winless. However, GM Dave Caldwell is a smart guy, and he knows that the Jags have to tear everything down before they can build it back up.
As painful as it is for Jaguars’ fans to go through another horrible season, this time there appears to be a plan to get them out. If they can acquire draft picks for veterans who aren’t part of the plan, they will be able to expedite the rebuilding process. Things are going to get worse for the Jaguars before they get better, but at least this time they have a plan.