Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Teams Talking Trade for Brunell; Suddenly, He Becomes Popular Market Item; Jaguars Want a Valuable Draft Pick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

4 Teams Talking Trade for Brunell; Suddenly, He Becomes Popular Market Item; Jaguars Want a Valuable Draft Pick

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

Mark Brunell suddenly is a very popular man around the NFL.

So popular, in fact, that the Jaguars now think they can get a second-round draft pick -- or perhaps higher -- for their veteran quarterback instead of releasing him later this month.

ESPN.com reported Saturday that the Jaguars are close to dealing Brunell to the Washington Redskins, perhaps for the Redskins' second-round pick (41st overall) in the April 24-25 NFL Draft. New Redskins coach Joe Gibbs is expected to travel to Florida to meet with Brunell on Monday, the Times-Union has learned.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, however, said Saturday that the Redskins are just one of several teams that called recently about trading for Brunell instead of waiting for Jacksonville to release the 33-year-old former starter next month.

San Diego, Miami and Dallas have joined Washington in discussing a first-day pick with the Jaguars for Brunell, according to a league source who did not want to be named because of NFL tampering rules.

The Chargers have the third pick in the second round (35th overall), six spots higher than the Redskins. The Jaguars already have the seventh choice in the second round (39th overall).

"There are a lot of teams that are serious about acquiring [Brunell] and not waiting for him to be released,'' Del Rio said Saturday. "From what I understand, our phone has been pretty busy. There's a lot of interest.''

Del Rio said the Jaguars also have fielded a handful of recent trade offers for backup quarterback David Garrard, including one for a second-round pick. But Del Rio said the team has no plans to deal Garrard, a third-year pro who he said provides vital insurance for starter Byron Leftwich.

"Garrard is going to be a Jaguar next season,'' Del Rio said.

Brunell was out of town on Saturday, and his agent, Leigh Steinberg, was not available for comment. …

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