Jaguars getting ready for 2014, Caldwell warming up with trades
Trading Monroe might be just the warm up for what comes next. The Jags are failing badly and are not expected to win any more than a handful of games. In return for him in the trade, he has secured several draft picks. Monroe wasn’t planning to stick around anyway and chances of contract renewal with him were almost zero. Draft picks can come in very handy. If the franchise knows its team isn’t going to give results, they can be used to repair the problems and essentially start off fresh. Caldwell has options of both late and early round picks, so he has some advantage for next NFL Draft 2014.
The Jaguars are having one of the worst seasons in their franchise history. They are going 0-4 and the team is failing miserably. Considering the season already lost as it is, general manager Dave Caldwell has already started preparing for the 2014 season.
There are a number of players who could serve as good trades to prepare for next season, such as running back Maurice-Jones Drew and guard Uche Nwaneri.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis has been limited due to his calf injury so has only played two snaps. He signed a $35 million contract in 2011 spanning over 5 years. Although some amount would be shaved off, he has a definite $17 million in his pocket. Nwaneri was previously with the team, renewing his contract in 2010 for five more years in a deal worth $24 million. Nwaneri, along with guard Will Rackley and center Brad Meester haven’t lived up to the expectations from them so they might be trade candidates for Caldwell. They do have their knee injuries to blame for their performance though. Jones-Drew’s contract expires in a year and won’t be getting a new one.
None of those players, all of whom are 28 or older, are in the team’s long-term plans. If Caldwell can get anything substantive for them, it’s almost a no-brainer. It’s not going to be easy to watch the product on the field, but everything now is about 2014 and 2015.
All the players being considered as trade candidates are 28 or above and do not come into the long term future planned by Caldwell. But he will definitely get their worth in trading them off and that will be invested in the next season. All this will definitely strain the team’s performance on the field but it will have to do if Caldwell wants the Jaguars to improve and actually do something next season.