As with most stories of this magnitude, there have been a number of pendulum shifts in the Jalen Ramsey saga since the outspoken corner requested a trade last week. The Jaguars have no shortage of potential suitors, but while the offers that rival clubs have made for Ramsey are undeniably tempting, no one has met the asking price of two first-round picks and then some. We initially heard that Ramsey could be dealt on Friday, but when Friday came, reports surfaced indicating that Jacksonville owner Shad Khan is willing to give Ramsey a record-breaking contract to keep him in a Jaguars uniform.
In keeping with those reports, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com writes that the Jaguars are not interested in trading Ramsey, regardless of his trade demand. If the team were so inclined, Ramsey would already be gone. However, Ramsey has not been placated by the promise of future riches — riches that most every team would be willing to give him — and he still wants out.
As Schefter observes, that sets up a potential showdown this week. After their Thursday night win, the Jaguars return to the practice field Monday, and if Ramsey really wants to force the team’s hand, he could simply not show up. He would obviously be subjected to fines for that approach, but that may be a risk he’s willing to take.
For what it’s worth, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says the Chiefs are still considered by several GMs to be the favorites to land Ramsey. Ultimately, those GMs think Jacksonville will get a first-rounder, a second-rounder, and a young player with upside in a Ramsey trade.
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