Report: Jets have called Jaguars about Dante Fowler
The New York Jets are one of the teams being linked with a possible trade for Oakland Raiders superstar Khalil Mack and are even one of the betting favorites to land him. But he’s not the only pass rusher they have an eye on.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have reached out to the Jacksonville Jaguars to inquire about the potential availability of defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.
Fowler, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is set to hit unrestricted free agency in 2019 after the Jaguars opted not to pick up his fifth-year option. He was recently suspended one week for fighting with teammate Yannick Ngakoue. He’ll also miss the season opener due to suspension after getting arrested for assaulting a man last year.
But despite some of the off-field baggage, Fowler is still young — he’s only 24 — and clearly a tremendous talent. He’s coming off a breakout year in 2017 where he had eight sacks and two forced fumbles for the Jags as a rotational edge rusher behind Ngakoue and Calais Campbell.
The Jets certainly could use an upgrade to their pass rush. They’ve finished in the bottom five in the league in sacks in each of the last two seasons. Demario Davis led the team last season with a measly five sacks.
It remains to be seen what the Jaguars’ asking price for Fowler is and if they’re willing to trade him at all. But if he can be had at the right price, the Jets would be wise to take a chance on a high-upside player like Fowler in order to help solve their big pass rush issue.