Latest On Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew, C.J. Beathard

C.J. Beathard‘s new Jaguars deal includes $2.75MM in guaranteed money, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets. As Rapoport notes, it’s a strong indicator that the quarterback will make the Jaguars’ final 53-man cut. By the same token, it’s a sign that one-time rising star Gardner Minshew won’t be on the roster.

Of course, the Jaguars are expected to draft Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Up until the Beathard signing, there was at least a chance of Minshew staying on board as the bridge/QB2 for the Clemson star. That spot now seems reserved for Beathard, so the Jaguars will probably start taking those Minshew trade inquiries seriously. Just last week, head coach Urban Meyer said that he wasn’t looking to move the Washington State product.

At this point, no,” Meyer said. “At this point, I know Gardner a little bit. He came in yesterday. We had a good visit. That’s the second time I’ve spent time with him. This is all kind of new to me. I’m used to spending about five, six hours a day with our quarterbacks — that’s January, February, to get your quarterback ready to go, and you can’t do that in the NFL.”

Despite 2020’s struggles, Minshew is just one year removed from setting franchise records in yards (3,271) and touchdowns (21) for rookie QBs. He’s still on that rookie deal, so any team acquiring him would have him at bargain-basement salaries of $850K and $965K.

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14 comments on “Latest On Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew, C.J. Beathard

  1. Wade Herbers

    Vikings need to grab Minshew. They are screwed if Cousins goes down.

  2. j_butte

    I don’t understand why this guy gets cast aside so often. Maybe because the Jags are that dysfunctional. He put up great numbers on one of the worst teams ever assembled and it’s his fault they didn’t win? He’s a gamer, I hope he gets a shot to start somewhere. Reminds me of when Doug Flutie was benched for Rob Johnson.

    • robluca21

      I’m with you. I don’t get it. You could do a lot worse than him. If he gets a chance again I think he does well

  3. Classicfinder

    Mint Hi Chew needs to come to the Bears. Release or trade Foles as you already have one veteran in Dalton.

  4. dust44

    Minshew to one of these 5 teams make the most sense. Colts, Steelers, Bucs, Panthers, Cowboys. In the case of the Colts. This is purely incase Wentz stinks. The Steelers can’t go into the season with Haskins or Rudolph as backups for Ben. The Bucs need a guy behind Brady. And obviously in Dak cant start the season healthy Minshew is ready. And then the Panthers… They need a real QB who can sling it and isn’t afraid to take a chance. Looks like with the Jets and now the 49ers trading up they won’t get one of the top 3 rookie QBs. If Trey Lance is there when they pick then they could take him and minshew starts the year the starter until Lance is ready.

  5. DonOsbourne

    How about Denver? If they can’t make a move up to get one of the 1st QB’s then Minshew makes a lot of sense. They obviously aren’t sold on Locke(to their credit). They are starting to put some pieces together on offense and Minshew’s contact would allow them to continue to add talent. A much better scenario for him than jacksonville.

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