The Jacksonville Jaguars moved past the Jalen Ramsey saga on Tuesday by trading the cornerback to the Los Angeles Rams for multiple draft picks.
The Jaguars, 2-4 this season, are preparing to face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Ramsey has not played football for the past three weeks due to a back injury. Not having the cornerback on the field has been an adjustment for the team, but now the players move on knowing No. 20 won’t be on the field or the sidelines in a Jaguars jersey.
"“I think in this league nothing ever really surprises me anymore, especially from the business side of things,” Marrone said. “I found out kind of like everybody else did late last night. [General Manager] Dave [Caldwell] came in and told me.”"
There have been plenty of comments made on social media regarding the news of the trade, in favor of the move by the Jaguars and against the decision to part ways with one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
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Here at Black and Teal, we have our own opinions about the situation and how it affects the team, the players and the organization.
Jennifer Shatzer – Thank goodness that is over. The Ramsey Show continued on long enough. I wish him the best the Rams have to offer and am glad that the Jaguars can put this behind us. We got a fair trade, and hopefully, this eliminated the last of the locker room attitudes.
Anthony Robertson – Losing a generational player like Jalen Ramsey is always tough to swallow. He is the best cornerback in the NFL and could shut down a receiver completely, however it was his time to go. It was apparent that Jalen would not be playing for us this season, especially after not playing after his heart to heart conversation with Shad Khan.
This season the Rams look like the third-best team in their division and may not even be a playoff team so there is a chance the pick is a decent one. The 2021 pick could also serve as either a trade piece or another pick. The fourth-round pick could eventually be a key role player or a surprise starter. Trading Jalen also clears up a bit of cap space so it might not be impossible to resign Yannick Ngakoue.
Kathy Clark – It was time to move on from Jalen Ramsey. The team, fans, and management need to concentrate on winning games. I will miss him as a player and a personality but the additional draft choices could change the course of the Jaguars team. An influx of new talent on our team is very critical to the future.
Lorenzino Estrada – After a tumultuous end to the Jalen Ramsey saga, the Jaguars now have four first-round picks for the next two drafts While Ramsey was the best cornerback in the NFL, he was a headache the Jaguars no longer needed.
Credit Dave Caldwell and Tom Coughlin for turning him into three draft picks for the future. It’s bittersweet, but Jacksonville walks away winners.
David Levin – I hope the news of the trade last night provides some calm not only for the front office but the locker room as well. There is culpability on both sides and how the situation ended, which makes me wonder how contract negotiations in dealing with other players in the future will be modified.
It’s hard to gauge how good the defense will be without Ramsey over the long haul. Watching this unit perform against New Orleans last week gives me hope that players will step up at the right time. It also means that there’s a chance to show resiliency under fire.
In the end, it’s an era of Jaguars football they were both positive and negative, and now it’s time to move on.