Jaguars’ sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew took the league by storm following the early-season injury to Nick Foles. In nine games and eight starts, Minshew completed 61.2% of his passes for 2,285 yards and a 13/4 touchdown/interception ratio for the Jaguars. Despite Foles re-taking the starting role, Minshew is still 16th in the NFL with a 92.8 passer rating.
Despite Minshew’s performance, Foles will be the starter in Jacksonville for the near future. The former Super Bowl MVP signed a deal through 2022 that will see him make $88 million in total.
While Minshew is likely one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He isn’t likely to see the field barring an injury to Foles. The Jags could keep Minshew on as an affordable backup. However, if the team could get a high draft pick, would they sell off their diamond in the rough?
Last season the New Orleans Saints traded for Teddy Bridgewater, sending a third-round pick to the New York Jets. Their gamble paid off as Bridgewater filled in admirably following an injury to Drew Brees.
If the Jaguars could earn a third-round pick in return, would they trade Minshew?
While that question is open-ended, what isn’t is the fact that many teams around the league would be willing to trade for him. He has proven in an albeit short span that he could lead an offense and win football games. If a team feels that Minshew is their future, perhaps they offer Jacksonville a lucrative third-round pick.
Again, it’s no guarantee that the Jags would consider trading Minshew. However, if they did make that decision, multiple teams around the league should consider bringing in the former Washington State product to see if he could capture the “Minshew Magic” that made him one of the early stars of the 2019 season.