Jalen Ramsey has never been shy about voicing what he wants through the media, and he wants to play with another shutdown corner.
The Los Angeles Rams cornerback suggested that his team acquire Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions, adding that he was only having fun making the suggestion.
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 23, 2020
Slay certainly seemed into the idea.
— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) February 23, 2020
Given the Rams’ cap issues and the fact that Slay will be expecting a big contract extension, this isn’t really a likely outcome. What is clear is Slay is available for trade, and with a year on his contract, the onus is on the Detroit Lions to either sign him long-term or move him on. The latter seems to be the likelier option, and it’s pretty clear that plenty of his peers will want him on their team.
Marcus Peters was all about revenge mode after his new team beat his old team on “Monday Night Football.”
Peters had eight tackles and an interception in the Baltimore Ravens’ 45-6 dominating win over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. After the game, he got in the face of Jalen Ramsey, the cornerback the Rams acquired after dealing away Peters to Baltimore.
— Videos by: FTB (@FTBVids1) November 26, 2019
Ramsey had to be restrained from going back after Peters:
— Nestor Aparicio (@NestorAparicio) November 26, 2019
Multiple reporters said Peters continued talking his trash after that and even in the tunnel after the game:
Marcus Peters and Jalen Ramsey got into it after the game, then Peters was cussing and yelling at Rams players and at least one assistant coach, still upset they traded him and telling them the ravens are keeping them out of the playoffs.
— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) November 26, 2019
Jalen Ramsey and Marcus Peters were exchanging angry and profane words in the Coliseum tunnel after the game. Ramsey was being restrained by Rams personnel from getting back down the tunnel towards Peters.
— E. Lundsten (@espneric) November 26, 2019
This is no surprise — Peters has always been a trash talker, and he definitely has the upper hand. He went from a team that had lost three in a row when they traded him, to a team that’s now won five in a row since he got there. Peters seems to have a thing for getting in verbal fights after games.
The Los Angeles Rams will be the next team to try to contain Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, but one of their key defenders is trying to get some extra information ahead of the game.
Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey took to Instagram and posted a picture of himself with Michael Vick, asking in a caption what he’d do to stop “someone … kinda like yourself.”
Vick holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season, but Jackson is on pace to break it. Jackson is just over 200 yards away from crossing the 1,000 yard mark for the season, which he is sure to do barring injury or rest. In fact, nobody has held Jackson below 50 yards rushing since September, so the Rams are faced with quite the task.
If nothing else, this is a sign of just how much respect Jackson has from his peers. That’s especially something coming from Ramsey, who hasn’t exactly been one to easily praise opposing quarterbacks in the past.
The Los Angeles Rams will undoubtedly look to sign Jalen Ramsey to a long-term contract extension after they gave up significant draft assets to acquire him, and they may have to move on from another Pro Bowl cornerback in order to do that.
The Rams are open to trading veteran players prior to Tuesday’s deadline in order to free up money so they can sign Ramsey this offseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Aqib Talib is one Rams player who is in the final year of his contract, so there’s a chance he could be moved.
As Schefter notes, the Rams have had some discussions about trading Talib over the past few weeks, but the 33-year-old has been opposed. He is currently on injured reserve with a rib injury but will be eligible to return later in the season.
Although he does not have a no-trade clause in his contract, Talib has told at least one team that he would not show up for them if they acquired him in a deal. That obviously makes it difficult for the Rams to trade him, and it’s unclear if his stance will remain the same now that they have traded for Ramsey.
The Rams have been wheeling and dealing leading up to the deadline, so it would not be a surprise if they made another move or two. Talib helped them get the the Super Bowl last year, but he is likely not in the team’s future plans given his age, injury history, and the presence of Ramsey.
The Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly the runners-up in trade talks for Jalen Ramsey, but were simply unwilling to match what the Los Angeles Rams were willing to pay.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles offered first- and second-round picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars and felt they had a shot at landing the coveted cornerback. The Rams, however, offered two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder, which ultimately was too good for Jacksonville to turn down.
The Jaguars gave the Eagles the opportunity to match the Rams’ offer, but Philadelphia opted not to do so.
Ultimately, the Eagles remain confident in their secondary, as several key members will be returning over the next few weeks. One Philadelphia player clearly felt that the team should have paid up, and they tried, but they just weren’t willing to go as far as the Rams did.
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.