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Bouye heads to Broncos for a fourth-round pick

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made the choice to commerce boundary nook A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos in trade for a 2020 fourth spherical draft choose. And whereas the commerce doesn’t formally undergo till the 18th March, in doing so the Jaguars state their intentions {that a} full-blown reconstruction of their secondary (you could possibly argue their entire defence) is effectively underway.

The strikes sees the Jaguars release round eleven million in cap house as they search for some respite from the twenty-plus million pound 4 12 months contract they handed to Nick Foles final 12 months; a participant they’re additionally now reportedly searching for to commerce. And with the buying and selling of Jalen Ramsay to the LA Rams on the commerce deadline final 12 months, most noticed A.J. Bouye transferring into a number one position on the Jaguars defence. Nevertheless Jacksonville’s entrance workplace has seemingly determined to move in a unique route with this transfer.

Bouye wasn’t distinctive final 12 months, far faraway from the performances we now have seen him present in previous seasons, struggling in his position as a man-coverage nook. Bouye’s 2019 PFF grade dropped dramatically to 58.four highlighting his troubles throughout the Jaguars secondary as he allowed greater than fifty receptions final 12 months. And it could effectively have been this assortment of latest performances which have turned the Jaguars’ head to pursue new expertise on this years’ draft and upcoming free company interval.

The commerce can be important in laying down the benchmark for participant worth this low season. Particularly whenever you have a look at gamers just like the Lions’ Darius Slay who can be rumoured to be on the trade-block. Would a workforce now actually look to relinquish a first-round choose for a considerably ageing participant regardless of being a top-five cornerback within the league?

On the opposite facet of the deal, many will select to ask the place this leaves the Denver Broncos and their present scenario at cornerback. Chris Harris Jr. is ready to hit the free company market so does this transfer sign the tip of his time in Denver? Probably.

However Harris and Bouye are two several types of cornerback who might considerably complement each other in Denver’s secondary. Harris has discovered success in latest seasons working as a slot nook while Bouye is historically seen as a boundary nook. Pairing each collectively and giving Harris a second successive one-year contract might effectively work in Denver’s favour if Harris is unable to hunt one thing extra long-term elsewhere across the league.

Bouye’s departure additionally serves to query what the Jaguars’ future plans are, with nearly all of their defence which noticed them attain the AFC Championship solely two years in the past, now both reduce or traded. There’s little doubt the Jaguars will look to interchange any misplaced expertise of their secondary by means of the draft however with the standard of participant that has been allowed to stroll from Jacksonville in latest instances, it is not going to be simple when making an attempt to establish appropriate replacements.

The Jaguars must guarantee they hit on the bulk, or all, of the gamers they select to convey to the TIAA Financial institution Subject stadium this low season.


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