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Jalen Ramsey fuels more trade rumors with deleted tweets

Jalen Ramsey in pads

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a lot of talk since the regular season ended about the Los Angeles Rams potentially parting ways with Jalen Ramsey. If they do, the star cornerback thinks they would be making a huge mistake.

Ramsey sparked speculation about his future when he sent a tweet indicating that Week 18 may have been his final game with the Rams. On Friday, the five-time Pro Bowl corner sent a tweet calling out “Twitter GMs” who have been discussing possible trades involving him.

Ramsey deleted the tweet, but not before several people screenshotted it.

“Y’all Twitter GMs be talkin all that trade shid, gone be f—ed up if it happen fr … better be careful what you wish for!” Ramsey wrote (edited by LBS for profanity). “Best corner to walk into 2 organizations & that’s a fact!”

That was not the only tweet Ramsey sent and deleted. At around the same time he ranted about the trade rumors, Ramsey decided to give a shoutout to his former Florida State teammate Derwin James.

Some interpreted that as a hint from Ramsey that he may want to be traded to James’ team, the Los Angeles Chargers.

Ramsey, 28, had four interceptions in 17 games this season. He is owed $17 million in base salary next season, and the Rams are facing a difficult salary cap situation. If teams are interested in trading for Ramsey, L.A. will probably listen.

Jalen Ramsey sparks speculation about future with cryptic tweet

Jalen Ramsey in pads

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey raised some questions about his future with a cryptic tweet he sent early Friday.

Ramsey posted a series of images of himself in the Rams’ final game of the season against the Seattle Seahawks, a game that saw him intercept two passes in an overtime loss. The defensive back’s caption seemed to suggest that he may have played his final game with the team.

“It is what it is! It was what it was! If that’s the end, I went out wit a BANG!” Ramsey wrote.

Ramsey’s caption sparked plenty of speculation, as there were not any rumors that the defensive back might be on his way out of Los Angeles. It was not clear if Ramsey wants to leave, or if he simply feels he may be a cap casualty for a Rams team that will likely have to free up some money during the offseason.

The 28-year-old had a down season by his standards in 2022, though he still picked off four passes while playing in all 17 games. He is owed $17 million in base salary for next season, though his release is unlikely due to the major cap hit the Rams would accrue in doing so.

Jalen Ramsey was savagely trolled by Niners OL on Deebo Samuel TD

Deebo Samuel burns Jalen Ramsey

San Francisco 49ers star Deebo Samuel burned the entire Los Angeles Rams’ defense on his 57-yard touchdown play Monday night, but Jalen Ramsey had arguably the best chance to bring him down. Niners offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey was more than happy to let Ramsey know he failed.

Samuel caught a quick slant from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the first half and broke several tackles en route to the end zone. Ramsey was the last man Samuel beat in the open field. In one video of the play that was taken by a fan, you can see McGlinchey run up to Ramsey after the missed tackle to talk trash to the Pro Bowl cornerback.

There was not a whole lot Ramsey could say. Samuel is as difficult as any wide receiver in the NFL to bring down in the open field, but a missed tackle is a missed tackle. They sting even more for a defender when they result in a touchdown.

Samuel was also happy to pile on when a reporter asked him about the play. He mocked Ramsey for the poor tackling effort.

Samuel’s explosive touchdown run helped the 49ers beat their division rivals 24-9.

Ramsey is one of the biggest trash talkers in the NFL, which is why opponents love rubbing it in when he makes a mistake. We saw a similar situation when an old quote came back to haunt him earlier this season.

Jalen Ramsey rips NFL for uniform violation fines

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey thinks the NFL needs to get its priorities straight when it comes to safety and player discipline.

Ramsey was asked about the Miami Dolphins’ handling of Tua Tagovailoa on Saturday, and he turned the question into a discussion about fines and league priorities. Ramsey said he had been fined every week so far in 2022 for a uniform violation, once for wearing knee pads that did not cover his knees and twice for having the wrong socks on.

“Player safety should be one of the most important things to talk about,” Ramsey said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. “It should probably be talked about more. And then s— like getting fined for socks … or s— like getting fined for tights or BS or anything like that. … That needs to not be talked about as much.

“That’s the stuff that they need to put an emphasis [on]. Not freaking, oh his socks are too high or his socks are too low or something like that. That’s so lame. I’m so beyond that.”

Few would argue that Ramsey is wrong about this. The NFL is notoriously strict when it comes to uniform violations, and sometimes the things players are fined for are remarkably nitpicky.

On the other hand, some will likely take issue with Ramsey turning a question about something as serious as Tagovailoa’s situation into a treatise on his own fines, even if his intentions may have been good.

Old Jalen Ramsey quote goes viral after Josh Allen, Bills roast him

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills showed the world on Thursday night why they are the favorite to win the Super Bowl this year, and no one came out of the game looking worse than Jalen Ramsey.

Ramsey was absolutely cooked during the Bills’ 31-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams. According to Pro Football Focus, Josh Allen had a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeting the All-Pro cornerback. Ramsey was thrown at seven times and allowed six catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

The second score Ramsey allowed came when Stefon Diggs burned him in the second half. It appeared there may have been a blown coverage, but Diggs still let Ramsey hear about it.

Not that anyone would feel badly for Ramsey, but the five-time Pro Bowler had it coming. After the game, an old quote went viral in which Ramsey called Allen “trash.”

We are guessing Ramsey’s opinion of Allen has changed quite a bit over the past five years. Between his perfectly placed passes and the ferocious stiff-arm he mixed in (video here), Allen showed once again why he is arguably the most talented quarterback in the NFL.

Reporter provides injury news on Jalen Ramsey

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Jalen Ramsey in February helped the Los Angeles Rams win their second Super Bowl, and he did so while not completely healthy.

On Tuesday, Ramsey posted a picture on Twitter with himself and his daughters. Ramsey’s left arm appeared to be in a sling. In a quote tweet, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that Ramsey had undergone shoulder surgery Tuesday.

“ALL IS WELL! God is GREAT! Selfies are my hijas favorite #nationalselfieday,” Ramsey wrote.

Rapoport also revealed that Ramsey played last season with tears in both shoulders. Despite the surgery, Ramsey should be ready to go for the start of the season.

Ramsey’s injuries didn’t seem to have much of an affect on his game last season. He was a first-team All-Pro, made it to his seventh Pro Bowl, and had his best statistical season as a member of the Rams. In 16 games, Ramsey had four interceptions, 77 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. His 16 passes defended were tied for the sixth-most in the NFL.

While not one hundred percent healthy, Ramsey was in the lineup against each team’s top receiver during the postseason. In four playoff games, the 27-year-old had 13 tackles and four passes defended. The only game that Ramsey missed last season was due to COVID.

Jalen Ramsey wants Rams fans to recruit 1 star player

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The Los Angeles Rams have become a haven for big names in the last few years, and Jalen Ramsey wants the team to add another one.

Ramsey took to Twitter on Saturday to urge Rams fans to try to recruit defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to the team. Mathieu is currently a free agent after departing the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ramsey might not need to do much work here. Reports earlier in the month suggested that Mathieu and the Rams had mutual interest. Money would probably be the most significant obstacle to getting something done, but that can likely be dealt with if both sides are that interested.

Ramsey’s player recruitment efforts have been fairly successful in the past. They may work here as well.

Bobby Wagner reveals who reached out to him first after his release

Bobby Wagner in uniform

Two Los Angeles Rams stars were apparently very eager to recruit former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner to join their team in 2022.

Wagner told the “The Pat McAfee Show” Wednesday that Rams DT Aaron Donald and CB Jalen Ramsey quickly reached out to him upon his release from the Seahawks in March.

“When I got released, they were the first two people that reached out to me,” Wagner said. “When I signed, I called [Donald] and then Jalen texted me.”

Wagner and the Rams agreed to a five-year, $50 million deal on March 31, with the potential to earn up to $65 million in incentives.

Wagner also had interest in signing with the Baltimore Ravens, but the chance to play with generational talents in Donald and Ramsey may have been the difference.

It’s hard to blame Donald and Ramsey for quickly reaching out to Wagner. The Rams already had a loaded defense that allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game last season (103.2), and now add a very productive player in Wagner to the mix.

The 31-year-old had one of his better seasons in 2021, tallying a career-high 170 tackles in 16 games.

Wagner has had a decorated career up to this point. Along with eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections, he has made six All-Pro first teams.

With Donald, Wagner and Ramsey at all three levels of the defense, the Rams are in a terrific spot to try to win another Super Bowl.

Photo: Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (54) walks to the locker room following a 13-10 loss against the New Orleans Saints at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Ramsey reveals lie Cowboys told him before 2016 NFL Draft

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The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Jalen Ramsey with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and the star cornerback was shocked by where he ended up. Ramsey was convinced he would not make it past the fourth pick. He says he had a very good reason for being so confident.

During an appearance on the “Pivot Podcast” this week, Ramsey revealed that the Dallas Cowboys told him leading up to the 2016 Draft that he would not fall below their slot, which was No. 4. Ramsey says the Cowboys told him they did not believe he would still be on the board but planned to take him if he was.

“I always grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan, so if I go at No. 4 that’s a real dream come true,” Ramsey said. “I remember when I was on my visit to Dallas, they told me straight up to my face, ‘If you’re there at four, we’re taking you. We don’t think you’re gonna be there at four. If you’re on that board, we’re taking you.'”

After he met with the Cowboys, Ramsey said Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell asked him in a meeting if Ramsey believed he would still be on the board at No. 5. Ramsey “respectfully” told Caldwell he did not think he would be. Caldwell agreed and said the Jags might try to trade up for Ramsey.

The Cowboys, of course, drafted Ezekiel Elliott. It’s unclear why they pivoted after supposedly being so convinced they wanted Ramsey. Both Elliott and Ramsey turned into Pro Bowlers, so everything worked out for the most part.

Ramsey wasn’t happy that the Cowboys went back on their word. That’s the reason he once trashed them in an interview.

Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Ramsey addresses infamous brawl with Golden Tate

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Jalen Ramsey recently opened up about his infamous brawl with Golden Tate.

Ramsey and Tate got into a fight on the field after a Rams-Giants game in Oct. 2020. Ramsey was said to have thrown the first punch in the fight. The Rams cornerback also was said to have waited for Tate outside the locker room after the game.

Tate had hard feelings towards Ramsey over personal matters. Tate’s sister Breanna was dating Ramsey and pregnant with the couple’s second child. But Ramsey split with her and began dating a dancer.

Ramsey joined “The Pivot Podcast” and addressed the situation.

Ramsey said in the episode that both he and Tate knew they would end up fighting. He also said that the perception of him ditching Breanna while she was pregnant is wrong. He said they agreed they were better off as friends and broke up on amicable terms.

“We ain’t feel like we needed to announce it to any and everybody,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey also was upset that Tate went public about the matter.

“Golden had tweeted something about it and that’s when it got super public. I ain’t like that. I was hot about that,” Ramsey said.

That could explain why he ended up confronting Tate.

Tate had 35 catches for 388 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2020. He was on Tennessee’s practice squad last season but did not see game action. Ramsey has toned down some of his trash talk in recent years, but he’s still getting into fights.

H/T TMZ Sports
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