The Jacksonville Jaguars confirmed Monday they traded cornerback Sidney Jones IV to the Seattle Seahawks.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Jacksonville will receive a 2022 sixth-round draft pick.
The move sends Jones back to his old stomping ground. He played three years at Washington prior to getting selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2017 draft.
The 25-year-old made nine appearances for the Jaguars in 2020, finishing with 26 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions.
His trade appears to be mutually beneficial for Jacksonville and Seattle. His departure gets the Jags a little closer to their 53-man final roster ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Seahawks, meanwhile, addressed their secondary depth.
Gregg Bell @gbellseattle
Already wrote <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Seahawks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Seahawks</a> likely to cut Tre Flowers. Now they are reportedly trading with the Jaguars to get ex <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UWHuskies?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UWHuskies</a> CB Sidney Jones.<br><br>Jones is set to earn 1/2 of Flowers' $2.1M for 2021. D.J. Reed likely still the starter. Now SEA adds an experienced back up at 1/2 the cost
Having said that, Jones may not make Seattle demonstrably better. He has four interceptions through four years and has yet to make more than 12 appearances in a single season.
The Seahawks defense suffered a big hit when Shaquill Griffin signed a three-year, $40 million deal with the Jaguars.
His departure was a testament to the fact general manager John Schneider didn't have a ton of financial flexibility this offseason. Ahkello Witherspoon and Pierre Desir were the biggest outside additions, though the latter was recently released.
Seattle only had three draft picks as well, one of which they used on Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown in the fourth round.
Collectively, all of that business may not inspire a ton of confidence within the fanbase.
Dugar, Michael-Shawn @MikeDugar
Seattle's outside CB moves very interesting this offseason/preseason. Didn't give up the big bag for Shaquill Griffin, CB1 for 3 years. Signed Ahkello Witherspoon, drafted Tre Brown, converted Damarious Randall back to CB, traded for John Reid and now trading for Sidney Jones.
A sixth-rounder isn't a steep price to pay, and Jones counts for just $1.3 million against the salary cap. The Seahawks aren't out much if he fails to show much improvement from his time in Philadelphia and Jacksonville.
In the event that happens, though, Schneider might face questions about whether he did enough to fortify the secondary when the franchise is aiming for a Super Bowl.