Several reports claim the Jacksonville Jaguars won’t look to trade cornerback Jalen Ramsey despite the player’s demands for a deal to get done.
It appears the Jacksonville Jaguars are going to keep Jalen Ramsey on their roster a little bit longer. Several sources, including Adam Schefter, are reporting the team’s desire to trade the Pro Bowl cornerback after he demanded a deal gets done to move on from North Florida has lost some steam.
At least on the organization’s side of the issue. Ramsey remains steadfast in his request, after a week of events that started Sunday during the team’s 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans, continued with a press conference during the week that basically said nothing and then led to more controversy when Ramsey stated it is his displeasure with management, not the head coach, that led to his desire to end the relationship with the NFL franchise.
The Jaguars received offers from NFL teams – how many is not known – but did not make a move this week, ahead of the team’s Thursday night game against Tennessee. It was believed that Ramsey may be traded on Friday, with Kansas City, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Baltimore being considered teams with a probability of landing the cornerback.
Nothing as of writing this story has happened, but the fact remains Ramsey is still a member of the Jaguars and the team will continue to prepare for its game in Denver next Sunday.
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"“Ramsey still is adamant that he wants to be traded, and this stance sets up a potential showdown between the player and the team to see which side gets what it wants,” writes Schefter. “In the coming days, once the Jaguars return to practice Monday, Ramsey could try to force the team’s hand.”"
The one thing Ramsey did say in his meeting with the media as he did not want to be a distraction to his teammates as they prepared for Thursday night’s game and that all he wanted to do was win football games. Jacksonville soundly beat Tennessee 20-7 for their first victory of the season.
It is believed the best offer the Jaguars received for Ramsey may have been from the Baltimore Ravens, which included a first and second-round draft pick and tight end Hayden Hurst, who played high school football in Jacksonville. The Jaguars were reportedly looking for two first-round picks and possibly other compensation.
Ramsey had his fifth-year option picked up by the franchise prior to the NFL Draft that will pay him $13.7 million next season. This year, he is slotted to make $3.6 million. Team owner Shad Khan is, through numerous sources, ready to make him the highest-paid player at his position and wants to keep his star defensive player on the team.
"“Ramsey, 24, played in Thursday night’s 20-7 home victory over the Tennessee Titans. He revealed in a recent episode of Uninterrupted’s “17 Weeks” podcast that an upsetting conversation with team management after Jacksonville’s Week 2 loss to the Texans was the final push for his decision to request a trade,” Schefter added."
Ramsey, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2016, has also been vocal about the team getting a new deal done for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue so the two defensive stars and linebacker Myles Jack, who recently got a four-year, $57 million extension, could play together in Jacksonville in the future.
Ngakoue turned down an offer from the team before training camp, reportedly at an average of $19 million per season over four years.