Jaguars: Five potential Jalen Ramsey trade destinations
Where might Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey call home, should he be traded per his request?
Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade from the team, according to Adam Schefter. The request comes a day after Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone were seen arguing on the sideline of the team’s 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans.
In his four seasons, Ramsey has 202 tackles, 45 passes defended and nine interceptions. According to Schefter, the Jaguars believe Ramsey is worth at least a first-rounder. With the Jaguars listening to offers, here are a few potential destinations where Ramsey may wind up if he is traded.
Miami Dolphins – Miami is currently in rebuild mode as they tank for the best possible picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. With that being said, the Dolphins recently traded cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round pick.
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Miami could make a play for Ramsey with the picks they currently have in an effort to pair Ramsey with cornerback Xavien Howard. If the Jaguars make a trade with the Dolphins, they will add a high-value pick to their 2020 Draft arsenal.
Trading Ramsey to Miami would also send the playmaking corner to a team that will not be in contention anytime soon, where he can play out his contract before leaving.
Oakland Raiders – The Oakland Raiders have a surplus of draft picks from the Khalil Mack trade to Chicago, which they might want to use in order to bring in Ramsey.
Head coach Jon Gruden would enjoy having a player like Ramsey anchoring his defense like Derrick Brooks did while he was in Tampa Bay. Gruden used three first-round picks last season to help rebuild his roster. He could now afford to give up a pick for a premier defensive star.
Ramsey also expressed that he would like to play in Las Vegas for the Raiders once his contract with the Jaguars expired.
Los Angeles Chargers – Another team with favorable ties to Ramsey, the Chargers could add Ramsey as they pursue a title in the window they have.
Trading for Ramsey would pair him alongside his former Florida State teammate, Derwin James. Ramsey would also reunite with former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.
Bradley is the Chargers defensive coordinator and was the head coach in Jacksonville in Ramsey’s rookie season.
San Francisco 49ers – Currently, at 2-0, the San Francisco 49ers could look into making a big splash for Ramsey as they attempt to be relevant again.
Adding Ramsey would bring an attitude that the 49ers defense currently does not have. Also, it would be a reunion of defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and Ramsey. Before moving on to the west coach, Saleh was the linebackers coach in Jacksonville.
It’s a move that would mean moving him out of the AFC along with the surplus of assets they would acquire.
Houston Texans – The least likely of the teams listed, the Houston Texans would greatly benefit from adding a star in Ramsey to a defense that already boasts J.J. Watt. Tashaun Gipson is part of the Texans secondary.
But Jacksonville should be skeptical in trading Ramsey to a division rival, unless the deal gives Jacksonville a king’s ransom. The team should have that same stance should the Tennessee Titans make Jacksonville an offer.
Ramsey is from Tennessee.
While Ramsey is one of the best players the Jaguars have had in recent memory, his selfishness and dramatics have made him more of a hassle than a gift.
Trading Ramsey now would allow for the Jaguars to fast track a retooling of their team, removing a large ego, and the potential to resign multiple players like Yannick Ngakoue.