The two sides face one another in Week 5, but they could become trade partners after their meeting this coming Sunday. We’ve seen it before on many occasions where two teams are meeting in a given week and refrain from making a trade until after competing against one another for fear of motivating the player that was dealt into playing a monster game.
After the Jacksonville Jaguars began an apparent fire sale with the trade of left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in an attempt to compile draft currency, it only makes sense that they would deal their top asset, Maurice Jones-Drew, for something as well. MJD is in the final year of his contract, and it seems clear the Jags are going nowhere fast again this season.
How do the St. Louis Rams fit into this picture?
Well, the only team worse at running the ball in the NFL right now than the Jags is St. Louis. Their young backfield has been their undoing on offense thus far this season and really prevented the team from living up to its lofty preseason expectations. Daryl Richardson has proven ineffective as the main man, Isaiah Pead can’t seem to gain favor with the coaching staff, and Zac Stacy is just a fifth round rookie destined to be a complementary player at best. MJD would add some much needed life to their somewhat destitute running game.
A deal such as this would make sense for both sides given that the Rams have multiple first round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft and could always trade down when the time comes to regain any later round selections they trade away. After Jacksonville dealt Monroe to the Ravens for a fourth and a fifth round pick, perhaps a third rounder would get the job done in pursuit of MJD. If they would need to sweeten the pot a bit, the Rams could always deal a second rounder and get one of Jacksonville’s fourth or fifth rounders back in return to keep their own selection stockpile full.
It may seem like mere conjecture at this point, but there’s no doubt the Jags are sellers coming into the trade deadline. Seeing MoJo Drew with a Jaguar on the side of his helmet for the remainder of the season would be more surprising than seeing him don a new uniform sometime soon. Rams general manager Les Snead has shown a propensity to be aggressive when he covets something, and there’s no doubt head coach Jeff Fisher would utilize MJD to the fullest extent. Look for some chatter involving the diminutive back to pick up on the trade market, and don’t be surprised if the Rams are one of the teams involved.