The Jacksonville Jaguars gave in and traded Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams this week, but one of Ramsey’s ex-teammates certainly seems to wish things had gone down differently.
Ramsey has been quite pleased with his move to Los Angeles. On Friday, he posted a picture of himself with another former Jaguar-turned-Ram, Dante Fowler. That was apparently unpleasant for Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who had a brief response on Instagram.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 19, 2019
Fournette went even further, retweeting the same image on Twitter with another unfiltered comment: “Ain’t this some s–t.”
Jealousy? Dissatisfaction with the Jaguars? Simply missing his former teammate? Maybe a little bit of everything? After all, Fournette and Tom Coughlin have had issues before. The Jaguars have publicly defended their move, as they should. However, it’s tough to sell trading one of the best cornerbacks in the game, even if he demanded it.
At least one member of the Philadelphia Eagles was not pleased the team missed out on acquiring Jalen Ramsey.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams made news by trading Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. Later in the day it was announced the Rams had acquired Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a collection of draft picks.
There were surely several suitors for Ramsey, who is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. However, it was the Rams who ended up the big winners in the Ramsey sweepstakes. That didn’t sit well with an Eagles player, who told ESPN’s Josina Anderson the team “dropped the ball” in not trading for Ramsey.
#Eagles player to me on Jalen Ramsey going to the #Rams: "We dropped the ball. I don't even want to talk about that ([email protected]#^). Everybody knew what it was going to take to get him. I could've told you that."
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 17, 2019
Ramsey was always going to command a steep price. It was the Rams who stepped up with an offer the Jaguars couldn’t refuse. That leaves other teams around the NFL wondering what could have been.
The Los Angeles Rams intend to have Jalen Ramsey available immediately after acquiring him.
Coach Sean McVay revealed that the Rams plan to have Ramsey ready to play in Week 7 despite his month-long absence.
The intent is for Ramsey to play Sunday, according to Sean McVay.
— Omar Ruiz (@OmarDRuiz) October 16, 2019
Ramsey has been bothered by a back injury and has not played since Week 3. There has been some speculation that he’d been using the injury as an excuse to avoid the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the fact that he’s apparently expected to play the week the Rams acquire him will only fuel those theories.
In spite of this, Ramsey had appeared on track to play for the Jaguars before being traded. Given how compromised the Rams would be in the secondary without him, they really need him to hit the ground running.
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.”
Statement from Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin. pic.twitter.com/W3wdjinyOZ
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) October 16, 2019
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.
Jalen Ramsey’s penchant for criticizing NFL quarterbacks was always going to potentially make trade talks surrounding him somewhat awkward, but he ended up in a place where he hadn’t already burned a bridge.
When Ramsey gave his infamous interview to GQ prior to the 2018 season in which he trashed multiple quarterbacks, the former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback actually was somewhat complimentary of Jared Goff.
“Jared Goff, he’s average to above average. He reminds me of Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. Year one, he wasn’t good. He wasn’t even good enough to earn his own starting role. Like, if you the number one pick, you expected to start now. Period. He wasn’t ready to do that. He wasn’t able to do that. Then when he did get in, he didn’t really do that good. But in his second year, they got a new offensive coordinator. Your offensive coordinator is just your brainiac. When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.”
That’s about as positive as it got from Ramsey, so that’s a good sign.
Ramsey was acquired by the Rams for two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick. LA made the move for the cornerback even though he’s only under contract through next season.
Source texts no parameters have even been discussed yet on a long term deal with the Rams and Jalen Ramsey.
— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 15, 2019
Between Goff, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald, Brandin Cooks and Ramsey, the Rams will have some of the highest-paid players in the league by position come next season.
The Los Angeles Rams’ trade of Marcus Peters on Tuesday was just the precursor to a much bigger move.
The Rams are acquiring Jalen Ramsey in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams are sending the Jags first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 as well as a fourth-round pick in 2021 as part of the deal.
The Rams placed Aqib Talib on injured reserve this week and dealt Peters to Baltimore on Tuesday, but they are shoring up their secondary by adding perhaps the best cover corner in the league.
As for Jacksonville, they get the haul of picks they were seeking from the time Ramsey requested a trade. The cornerback got into it with head coach Doug Marrone in Week 2 and then requested a trade. Ramsey played in Week 3, but over the ensuing weeks, the cornerback complained about a back injury and found other reasons not to be with the team as they sought a trade.
The Jags’ owner did not want to trade Ramsey, but with the Rams paying the price they wanted, perhaps Jacksonville felt it was time to part ways.
Ramsey has not played since Week 3 but is among the best corners in the league when he does play.
- Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey returned to practice in a limited capacity on Wednesday after he missed the previous two weeks with a back injury, and it sounds like he is planning to play in Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan was asked about the Ramsey trade rumors in an interview with Katherine Ross of The Street on Thursday, and he said expects the All-Pro Cornerback to be “fine this week.” He also said he had a “heart-to-heart” with Ramsey and that the two sides will come up with a solution that works for everyone.
— TheStreet (@TheStreet) October 10, 2019
Khan is a big fan of Ramsey and could be the main reason the team has not fulfilled the two-time Pro Bowler’s trade request. There have been questions about how legitimate Ramsey’s back injury actually is, and head coach Doug Marrone didn’t exactly do Ramsey any favors in answering those questions.
All indications have been that Ramsey still wants to be traded, but perhaps his conversation with Khan helped ease some tensions. The Jaguars are 2-3 and still very much alive in the AFC South with the way rookie Gardner Minshew has played, so you can understand why they would prefer to keep Ramsey.