Jaguars trade TE Josh Oliver to Ravens for 2022 seventh-round pick

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Josh Oliver walks off the field after a game against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field during the 2019 season in Jacksonville. The Jaguars won 29-15.

The Jaguars traded tight end Josh Oliver to the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday night for a conditional draft pick, with the franchise confirming Thursday the trade was finalized.

The Jaguars will receive a conditional 2022 seventh-round pick as part of the trade deal.. 

A third-round pick in 2019 out of San Jose State, Oliver's career in Jacksonville essentially never started due to injuries. He missed all of last season after suffering a broken bone in his foot while running during non-contact work in training camp. 

During his rookie season, Oliver missed all of the preseason and the first six regular-season games because of a severe hamstring injury. Even with Jaguars coach Urban Meyer saying a little more than a week ago that the tight end room had to be revamped, Oliver didn't fit in their plans.

He ends his career in Jacksonville playing four games with just three catches for 15 yards and no touchdowns.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer said the tight end room was in a need of a rebuild. The Jaguars' four tight ends — Tyler Eifert, James O'Shaughnessy, Tyler Davis and Ben Ellefson — combined for only two touchdowns in 2020. 

The Jaguars declined Eifert's contract option last month, which would have paid him $5 million this upcoming season.   

In free agency, Jacksonville signed former Carolina Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz to a two-year, $7.25 million deal. Manhertz has only 12 career catches but his strength is run blocking. The Jaguars also re-signed O'Shaughnessy. 

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 13, 2020, in Jacksonville.

Could Minshew be traded next?

Also, the Jaguars could explore trading quarterback Gardner Minshew. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that teams have been calling the Jaguars about a possible trade for Minshew. With the Jaguars expected to select former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick, Minshew's role would be as a backup if he's on the roster.

It has not been a lock since last season that Minshew would be around in 2021 because he may have bigger aspirations than wanting to accept a backup role going into his third season after 20 career starts since 2019.

A week ago Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke said they were still trying to get a feel for Minshew and Jake Luton, who started three games last season as a rookie but fared 0-3.

''We’re in good shape. We have two young guys that both have played," he said. "They’ve both done a very good job. I think, right now, we’re just trying to get a feel for them going in with the new system. There’s just a lot of newness right now. That will all shake itself out once we get into the offseason program, which hopefully we have, and we’ll go from there.” 

Glennon joining Giants, Cole going to Jets

*Veteran quarterback Mike Glennon, who started five games last season and passed for 1,072 yards and seven touchdowns, agreed to a free agent to join the New York Giants to become their backup behind starter Daniel Jones.

*Wide receiver Keelan Cole, who had played for the Jaguars since 2017, agreed to a one-year, $5.5 free-agent contract with the New York Jets, according to the NFL Network. In 64 career games with the Jaguars, Cole caught 159 passes for 2,242 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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