According to ESPN NFL insider Jermey Fowler, Minshew “wants a chance to compete for a starting job” — something he certainly won’t have with the Jaguars. The now-backup QB also missed OTAs earlier this week, further indicating his distancing relationship with the team.
While he may not be a star option, there’s certainly a market for a QB like Minshew around the league.
In his reports, Fowler noted that the San Francisco 49ers were interested in dealing for Minshew before trading up in the draft to select No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance.
One inside league source reportedly told Fowler that a deal for Minshew would likely involve a fifth or sixth-round pick.
Through 12 starts in his rookie season back in 2019, Minshew posted some solid numbers — logging 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Dealing with a fractured thumb in 2020, the young QB saw more of a struggle this past season — recording 2,259 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions through eight starts (1-7).
If Minshew is traded sometime this offseason, Lawrence’s backup unit would consist of CJ Beathard and Jake Luton.