JACKSONVILLE, Fla./DENVER (Ambush Sports) — In a deal that involves a fourth-round draft pick, Jacksonville Jaguars CB A.J. Bouye is being shipped off to the Denver Broncos, according to a deal made Tuesday.
NFL league sources told ESPN and NFL Media that in exchange for Bouye going to Denver, the Broncos will be sending a fourth-round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The deal, although agreed upon, cannot be processed until the new league year starts on March 18
Bouye was informed of the pending trade in conversations with Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell and Broncos president/GM John Elway.
“I’m on the way to get my kids, [and] I get a phone call from Caldwell, saying he appreciates everything I did for the team,” Bouye told ESPN. “Then, Elway calls me, saying, ‘Welcome to Denver.’ Now everyone is calling. I’m just finding out. I want to thank Jacksonville.”
The 28-year-old Bouye went undrafted in 2013 but was able to make a name of himself, playing four seasons for the Houston Texans until he entered free agency at the end of the 2016-17 season.
Bouye has been a member of the Jaguars squad since March 2017 and has been regarded as one of the best free-agent class players in franchise history. He made the Pro Bowl and was a second-team All-Pro in his first season in Jacksonville, recording 175 tackles, eight interceptions, and 34 pass defenses during his three-year tenure with the Jaguars.
Bouye will earn $13 million and will count as a $15.5 million cost against the Broncos salary cap for the 2020-21 season, according to Spotrac. He is expected to be a replacement for Broncos star CB Chris Harris Jr., who is becoming an unrestricted free agent later this month.