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Sources — Jaguars to trade A.J. Bouye to Broncos for fourth-round pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-spherical selection in this year’s NFL draft, league sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

The trade are not able to be processed till the new league year begins March eighteen.

Bouye informed ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he was knowledgeable of the pending trade from both Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and Broncos president/general manager John Elway.

“I am on the way to get my young children, [and] I get a telephone connect with from Caldwell, expressing he appreciates anything I did for the group,” Bouye informed ESPN. “Then Elway calls me, expressing, ‘Welcome to Denver.’ Now everyone is contacting. I am just getting out. I want to thank Jacksonville.”

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Bouye was just one of the vital associates of a 2017 free-agent class for the Jaguars that was regarded as the just one of the finest in franchise history. He is because of to make $13 million and depend $fifteen.5 million against the wage cap in 2020.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr., a four-time Professional Bowl selection who has been with the group since getting signed as an undrafted rookie in 2011, is established to develop into an unrestricted free agent.

“I am definitely energized due to the fact Chris Harris usually had superior points to say about Denver,” Bouye informed ESPN. “I am about to observe movie and seem at their scheme some more and actually analyze it. It truly is cornerback-friendly. The three times I played there, the atmosphere and fan foundation was awesome.”

Harris congratulated Bouye on Twitter:

Bouye had eight interceptions and broke up 34 many others in three seasons with the Jaguars. His finest year was 2017, when he intercepted 6 passes and broke up eighteen as aspect of just one of the league’s finest defenses.

Bouye, who turns 29 in August, produced the Professional Bowl and was a 2nd-group All Professional that year, but he did not continuously play at a superior degree the past two seasons.

He signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He took edge of accidents in the secondary, starting eleven online games in 2016 (just one interception, sixteen move breakups) and cashed in with the Jaguars on a five-year, $sixty seven.5 million agreement with $26 million certain.

With Bouye absent, there are only four starters or vital reserves remaining from the 2017 Jaguars defense that led the NFL in move defense and finished 2nd in sacks, interceptions and turnovers: defensive conclusion Calais Campbell, defensive conclusion Yannick Ngakoue, linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Abry Jones.

Resources informed ESPN on Monday that the Jaguars will use their franchise tag on Ngakoue.

Final 7 days at the NFL scouting combine, Elway mentioned the Broncos had been going to make cornerback a priority in both free company and the draft.

“I think we have to get far better there,” Elway mentioned. “That’s just one space we are hunting to get far better.”

The Broncos signed cornerback Bryce Callahan to a three-year, $21 million deal final offseason. Callahan, who was coming off December 2018 surgical procedures to repair a foot fracture, did not play a snap in 2019 soon after having a 2nd surgical procedures to change a surgically implanted screw, which he bent in the course of coaching camp. He finished the year on injured reserve.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio expressed optimism in the course of the combine that “all the reports I am acquiring, which include from Bryce, is that he’ll be prepared to go for camp.”

ESPN’s Michael DiRocco and Jeff Legwold contributed to this report.