Caldwell: Jaguars not trading MJD, Posluszny

By MARK LONG - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-03 14:02

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are not going to trade running back Maurice Jones-Drew or linebacker Paul Posluszny.

General manager Dave Caldwell made it clear Thursday that there is no firesale taking place in Jacksonville, which is 0-4 for the third time in franchise history and has scored a league-low 31 points.

Caldwell's comments came two days after he traded starting left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for two third-day draft picks in 2014.

There had been reports that trading Monroe might be the first step in a series of moves, and Jones-Drew and Posluszny were widely regarded as guys who could be next because they have value. Jones-Drew has rushed for 7,406 yards and 64 touchdowns in eight seasons. Posluszny ranks second in the NFL in tackles with 40.

``They're not going anywhere,'' Caldwell said. ``We feel good about those guys being here, nor do they want to go anywhere. They're part of this team and we're excited about having them a part of this team.''

The Jaguars got a fourth- and a fifth-round pick in return for Monroe, the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. Jacksonville now has 10 picks in 2014.

``You'd like to have as many as you can get to build because you can trade for future picks,'' Caldwell said. ``Sometimes you can take a 4 and turn it into a future 3 and take a future 3 and turn it into a future 2 and eventually you end up with two 1s at some point. It gives you a lot of flexibility. They always say cash is king, and in the NFL, draft picks are kind of your cash.''

Caldwell said in-season trades are difficult to orchestrate, which makes any more unlikely.

``There's a lot of speculation about trades and what teams should do and shouldn't do,'' he said. ``It's hard to make a trade in season. Things really have to align the right way. You have to have a buyer. You have to have a seller. The team has to have salary-cap space. The team has to be willing to part with their player, and it's not like it's easy to fill in.''


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