Jaguars team owner Shad Khan sends a message to his star cornerback about his trade demands.
For the Jacksonville Jaguars and disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the stalemate continues.
Or is the decision by team owner Shad Khan to keep the Pro Bowl player on the team a message that the franchise holds the cards and Ramsey, who requested a trade last month, is under contract with the organization for the next two seasons.
As of right now, the Jaguars have no intention of meeting Ramsey’s request to move to another team this season. Jacksonville is now 2-2 this season, having won their last two games and face the Carolina Panthers this coming weekend without quarterback Cam Newton, who is dealing with a lisfranc injury.
Right now, it is Khan and the Jaguars front office who are holding the chess pieces in place. Ramsey has not practiced last week or this week so far and remains on the team’s injury because of his back.
Speaking with Mark Long of the Associated Press, Khan stated from the beginning of this turmoil becoming “must-read” news, that he wants to keep Ramsey with the team that brought him to the NFL in 2016 out of FSU.
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"“Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be,” Khan said. “But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team.”"
It has been reported by several websites and media outlets the Jaguars have turned down offers for Ramsey, which have included high draft picks and potential player compensation. The front office made the announcement prior to the NFL Draft they would pick up Ramsey’s fifth-year option of his rookie deal that will pay him $13.7 million in 2020.
The fourth-year Ramsey’s rookie contract pays him just over $3.6 million in 2019.
"As Long wrote, “Ramsey’s agent requested a trade Sept. 15 following a heated argument with coach Doug Marrone on the sideline and a much-less-public exchange with personnel chief Tom Coughlin following the 13-12 loss. Ramsey later told a podcast featuring NFL players that ‘once respect is lost for both parties, I think it is time to part ways.’”"
Khan has become involved with the situation, talking with Ramsey himself. The two sides continue at an impasse.
"“I’ve met with him,” Khan said. “I think my relationship with him is pretty good. This is not a request from me or a viewpoint from me. I have no issue, obviously. I’d love for him to be part of the Jaguars.”"
Ramsey has made the Pro Bowl of the three seasons he has played in the NFL. He made the All-Pro team in 2017, the season the franchise made it to the AFC title game after winning the AFC South. Last weekend, he made the trip to Denver with his teammates but did not play in the game, the first time in his career he missed an NFL contest.