Make no mistake, the Jaguars have huge expectations for 2018. And, they have demonstrated over the last two off seasons that they are willing to make signings and trades to help that.
First, the hypothetical scenario was proposed by ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini Saturday:
Could Jets flip Teddy Bridgewater for much-needed edge rusher? https://t.co/qwD9adb6at
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) June 23, 2018
Again, this not something that Cimini is actually reporting he’s even hearing the Jets are interested in. Much less, he is not reporting that there have been talks about trading for Fowler. He’s answering a “mailbag” question with educated speculation that the Jets need a pass rusher and that QB Teddy Bridgewater is expendable at this point.
Importantly for the Jaguars, they do need to decide if Fowler is part of their long term plans after 2018. And, the team went so far as to release a public statement almost publicly challenging Fowler to continue to work hard, stay out of trouble and improve his play on the field to get a new contract.
Fowler missed his rookie season after tearing the ACL in his knee in rookie mini-camp. He also was arrested last year in St. Petersburg on assault charge for a fight with another man, where Fowler punched him and threw his groceries and wine bottles in a nearby retention pond.
Still, he had an eight sack season with arguably the best defense in the NFL a year ago, and there are high hopes that Fowler will still be a key part of the pass rush this fall.
As for Bridgewater, he came off a horrific training camp knee injury for the Vikings from 2016 and returned to full health in the middle of last season, and became the backup to Case Keenum. At this point, he is a complete unknown, as to whether he can help the Jets, potentially the Jaguars or any other team in the future.
So, simply, the item from Cimini is just conversation, and not even likely to go any further.
This is particularly so, if Jacksonville wants to reap the benefits of Fowler having a monster year with a future contract as incentive.
And, that’s what they apparently want.
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