NFL Trade Ideas: potential fits for contending teams

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Sep 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers (91) sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) during the first half at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/NJ Advance Media for via USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars

Deal: Jacksonville acquires Robert Ayers from the New York Giants for a 6th round pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars have an opportunity to make a surprising run at the AFC South division title. They have started the season on a strong note with Blake Bortles showing signs of improvement. His development alongside some impactful free-agent signings have improved the talent level of this team.

It also helps that reining AFC South champions, the Indianapolis Colts, are facing an identity crisis. The Colts are obviously the more talented team but the issues along the offensive line, injuries in the secondary and front office turmoil could create an opening for the Jaguars.

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Robert Ayers won’t be a major difference maker, but he has improved as a pass-rusher and gives Jacksonville another option off the edge. Ayers also brings some versatility as he is a strong run defender as well as his solid pass-rush ability.

The Jaguars have plenty of cap space with roughly $33 million available according to Ayers will only count $2.4 million against the cap this season.

This deal also makes some sense because it doesn’t hurt Jacksonville’s future. If they fail to make a run at the playoffs acquiring Ayers won’t cost them anything as far as future salary cap space nor high-end draft pick.

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