Jacksonville Jaguars: Dennis Northcutt on the Trade Block

Daniel ShanksAnalyst IJune 24, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23:  Dennis Northcutt #86 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by Tyrell Johnson #25 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game at Jacksonville Municipal stadium on November 23, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky broke a story today that the Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to trade wide receiver Dennis Northcutt.

"They have indicated that they intend to trade him and are trying to do so," said Jerome Stanley, Northcutt's agent.

It's an interesting move, considering that Jacksonville is still a little short-handed at the receiver position.

Obviously the acquisition of Torry Holt was a big upgrade, but one would think that the Jaguars would want two true veteran receivers on the roster.

This move might be a testament to the development of the rookie wide receivers. If Jarett Dillard, Mike Thomas, and/or Tiquan Underwood can break into the rotation early and often, then having Northcutt might be a luxury.

Kuharsky's article made no mention of what the Jaguars are trying to get in return for the 10-year veteran who caught 88 passes for 1,146 yards and six touchdowns in his two years in Jacksonville.

Perhaps the team is trying to trade Northcutt for another receiver. But the more logical scenario is that the team is trying to stockpile some more draft picks for new General Manager Gene Smith.

I'm going to reserve judgment on the move until I see what the Jaguars get in return (if, in fact, they can trade him at all).

But you would think that the team would want to hold on to its receivers rather than trying to get rid of a member of a already-thin unit.