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Sunday, April 5, 2020

Jaguars exec Tom Coughlin releases statement on Jalen Ramsey trade

Jalen Ramsey

One of the main reasons Jalen Ramsey forced his way out of Jacksonville was that he was not getting along with the team’s front office, and Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin was at the center of that. On Wednesday, Coughlin addressed the decision to trade the All-Pro cornerback.

In a statement issued by the Jaguars, Coughlin said he feels the team got good value in return for Ramsey and that the “time came to move on.”

The Los Angeles Rams traded first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 as well as a fourth-round pick in 2021 to the Jags in exchange for Ramsey. You could make the argument that it is impossible to get equal value in return for an already established Pro Bowl cornerback who still had another year remaining on his contract, but the relationship between Ramsey and Jacksonville’s brass was obviously tarnished beyond repair.

Ramsey got into a heated confrontation with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on the sideline in Week 2, and he publicly requested a trade after that. However, his biggest issues were said to be with Coughlin, which could have something to do with the way Ramsey flamboyantly campaigned for a new contract during the offseason.

Ramsey has not played since Week 3 with a back injury, and it will be interesting to see if he suits up for the Rams immediately.

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