With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, it is possible that we can see more moves than ever before. Part of the reason for this is that teams are so far under the salary cap that jockeying players and contracts around is geting easier.
At 3-3, the Jaguars aren't a true title contender, but an especially soft schedule could put them in position to win a wild card, with a little help. They can also go the other way and move some veteran talent to get back valuable draft picks.
Quentin Groves has been the subject of many trade rumors, as he hasn't really adjusted well to the Jaguars defensive schemes and it's said that the team is unhappy with him on and off the field. He would fit in well with some 3-4 teams, such as Miami, New England and Pittsburgh, all teams that were high on him prior to the draft.
A player that Jaguars general manager Gene Smith will almost certainly receive some calls about is veteran left tackle Tra Thomas. Thomas is still a very reliable tackle, and with Eugene Monroe improving on a week to week basis, a team such as the Green Bay Packers may be willing to deal an early draft pick to protect their franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
If a deal isn't reached for Thomas, it is possible that he could take some reps at right tackle, a position he's never played as a professional. Thomas lined up at right tackle before Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams.
It has been confirmed that the Jaguars are bringing in several players this week for workouts. Although there are no big names, the team may be able to find an underrated contributor like they did with defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison. Some of the players they are working out are former Vikings Kory Lichtensteiger (C) and Antoine Holmes (DT), offensive linemen Jonathan Meadows and Gerald Cadogan, quarterback Matt Baker, wide receivers Anthony Armstrong and Reynaldi Audate, and linebacker Bryan Wilson.
Part of the rumor mill is not only reporting rumors, but dispelling false information. Earlier in the week we heard about the Jaguars possibly exploring a trade for leading wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker. After further investigation, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor as it would be idiotic for the team to move their best receiver since Jimmy Smith.
The Jaguars are expected to stick with their 3-4 defense, as Derrick Harvey is beginning to show promise standing up as an outside linebacker. That, combined with all the potential 3-4 talent that the Jags are scouting in the college games makes it pretty much a lock (like we've been saying since January).
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