Jalen Ramsey made it clear earlier in the week that he no longer wants to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the team found itself in a different situation on Friday than it was in prior to Thursday night’s win over the Tennessee Titans. Now, speculation is starting to build that the Jags may hang onto Ramsey.
Several teams have called the Jaguars with legitimate interest in acquiring Ramsey, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that they are wondering if Jacksonville actually plans to trade the All-Pro cornerback.
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“Given the performance that the Jaguars had on the field (Thursday) night and given the fact that they have a pretty favorable schedule and a rookie quarterback who is playing pretty well, do they decide to deal their best player in a division that they feel is winnable?” Rapoport said. “That’s a question we simply do not know the answer to.”
Ramsey is signed through 2020, so the Jaguars don’t need to be in any rush to deal him from a contractual standpoint. The former first-round pick has also spoken about how he still loves his teammates, and all indications are that his issues are with the front office and not head coach Doug Marrone or anyone in the locker room. If the Jags feel they have a chance to win arguably the worst division in football, they could try to smooth things over with Ramsey.
We already know one very influential person within the organization would like to see Ramsey stick around, and these types of situations tend to be fluid in pro sports. If a team doesn’t blow the Jaguars away with an offer, it would not be a surprise if they rode things out with Ramsey through at least the end of the season.