Jaguars To Trade Jalen Ramsey To Rams

A third Rams trade is happening Tuesday, and it’s big. The Jaguars have finally agreed to trade Jalen Ramsey, and the Rams will send them two first-round picks to make that happen, Adam Schefter of reports (on Twitter).

The Rams, who traded Marcus Peters earlier today, agreed to send the Jags their first-rounders in 2020 and 2021. Jacksonville will also acquire Los Angeles’ 2021 fourth-rounder. This marks a seismic bet for the Rams, who appear set for yet another high-end extension. Although, no extension parameters have been discussed yet, per’s Josina Anderson (on Twitter). But much like the Laremy Tunsil trade, which also involved two first-round picks changing sides, an investment on this level will make re-up talks imminent.

Ramsey has lobbied for a trade for weeks now and continued to sit out Jaguars games due to a back injury, one that has generated league-wide skepticism. The fourth-year standout has not played since Week 3, missing his first NFL games due to this back malady/trade request. Ramsey has since Photoshopped himself in Rams gear (Twitter link), which seems like an indication he will have recovered in time to face the Falcons on Sunday.

This trade comes after Shad Khan insisted he wanted to keep Ramsey and after the Jags owner expressed a willingness to make the disgruntled defender the NFL’s highest-paid corner. Instead, the Jaguars are moving on — after receiving their offer of two first-rounders and then some.

Los Angeles placed Aqib Talib on IR with a rib injury Monday and traded Peters to Baltimore. While Talib will be out at least eight weeks, the Pro Bowler looks like an IR-return candidate. He would be in line to join perhaps the NFL’s best cornerback upon return.

Ramsey, the 2016 No. 5 overall pick, has made two Pro Bowls and landed on the 2017 All-Pro first team. The Florida State product who played a major role in elevating the Jags to the 2017 AFC championship game is signed through the 2020 season.

He had expressed frustration with the Jaguars’ front office; the Jags had refused to discuss an extension with the soon-to-be 25-year-old defender this year. The Rams have handed out a bevy of high-profile re-ups over the past two years — to Brandin Cooks, Todd Gurley, Aaron Donald and Jared Goff — and now look to be ready to reset the stagnant cornerback market.

The Rams entered this season with Talib and Peters as contract-year starters. Ramsey will now lead their corner group for the next two months, with Troy Hill, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Darious Williams and third-round rookie David Long. Les Snead has not shied away from splashy moves during the Sean McVay era, and with the Rams having now lost three straight games for the first time in three seasons, the longtime GM is taking a big gamble on a top-tier talent.

This marks new territory for cornerback trade hauls, with the Jags now holding two first-round picks in 2020 and ’21. Darrelle Revis once fetched first- and fourth-round picks in 2013; this price certainly blows that return away. It will continue a run of Rams drafts without first-round picks. They have not made one since trading up for Goff in 2016.

It also represents a major shift for the Jaguars, who are moving on from probably their best player. Jacksonville has used second-year UDFA Tre Herndon in Ramsey’s place since his absence began. That Herndon-A.J. Bouye setup looks set to continue, with the Jags breaking up one of the league’s premier corner tandems.

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40 comments on “Jaguars To Trade Jalen Ramsey To Rams

    • kylewait89

      Isn’t the Vikings issue that they have too many corners? Rhodes, Waynes, Hughes and Alexander collectively make 25M. I’m thinking he’ll want at least 16-18M a year. Wouldn’t make sense unless it was Rhodes, a first and third. Even then. Maybe not so much.

  1. mstockw1

    Wow. I wondered if moving Peters was a cap room maneuver, but I didn’t really know any details so didn’t think much else of it. Big move here for LA.

  2. dustyceltics

    So for the guy who asked why they traded Peters after they put Talib on IR well it’s this reason so they could get Ramsey

    • Misterants

      That was the first thing i thought. Watch the back injury end up being real, needing surgery, etc

    • crosseyedlemon

      Well managed teams don’t rely on 1st rounders. The Patriots won a championship a couple of years back without a 1st round pick and they are doing just fine this season without Harry even playing a snap.

      • brewcrew08

        Difference is Pats have a QB. Goff has been exposed this year to be average at best.

  3. twentyforty

    Meanwhile the Rams still have Jared Goff at QB which means they are going nowhere

      • brewcrew08

        Actually got to the SB with Gurley being a monster. Goff’s two good years were because Gurley demanded a bulk of the attention. Now that Goff has to throw and be relayed on as more than just a game manager he’s being exposed.

        • rgreen

          Gurley had 13 yards in the conference championship game.They still won.And what was the Rams record before Goff,with Gurley? The running and passing game play off of eachother.They only put up 7 against San Fran,but they still put up 40 and 29 in their other 2 losses.

  4. imindless

    How does this help when goff is still goff? Trade goff and picks for matt ryan too.

  5. Thronson5

    Great get for the Rams but they need someone to keep the defensive off Gods and this isn’t gonna really help there. O Line is their biggest need. Maybe they have something in the works

  6. PapiElf

    The Rams are gonna suck. He’s going to be a cancer in the locker room. I would not be surprised if the Rams don’t even make the playoffs.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Even if your prediction is right I like that they are taking an aggressive approach. That strategy a couple of years back in free agency helped transform them into a top contender. The leagues non risk takers are always going to be 6 or 7 win wannabees at best.

  7. Polish Hammer

    Guess he saw a faith healer and is magically cured of the back ailments that kept him sidelined.


  8. kaehlaone

    $45M yearly fit Goff/Gurley and another $15M yearly to resign Ramsey. Plus no first rounder until 2022. Good luck with that…

  9. Appalachian_Outlaw

    Between Talib and Ramsey the Rams now have the most unlikable CB tandem in the league. Meanwhile Jacksonville picks up a win with a pair of 1st rounders for a dude not worth the trouble.

  10. midway_monster85

    I hope the league figures something out to prevent future players from refusing to play to get a trade. If you sign a contract man up and finish it.

  11. hoosierhysteria

    Khan not welcome at my poker game. Dude pulled it off. If Ramsey not playing…why extend him. I am betting jags this week! Rams need Ramsey. Weddle, Peters, talib are old, slow, and getting burned over the top. New stadium to fill. Gurley is big problem for rams. Goff can’t carry them

  12. goldenmisfit

    Jaguars did not get what they should have for Ramsey. Yes they got what they were seeking but let’s be honest does anyone think either of those first round picks Will be top 15? Of course not. At best you are looking at both of them probably being in the mid-20s. The only way this works out for Jacksonville is if there is someone they are targeting in the draft and they decide well we can take two of our first rounders and offer it to a team so we can leapfrog people we feel target this guy as high as we do. Jacksonville should have discussed their starcorner with teams they had targeted as teens that would have a top 15 pick kind of disappointed in Tom Coughlin you figure he would have done better for Jacksonville than this. If I was the Jaguars I would have been content with even one first rounder if I was 100% sure that selection was going to be in the top 10.

    • brewcrew08

      See your whole logic makes no sense. You think a team that’s a lock to be drafting in the top 10 gives up that pick? Why? So they can pay a corner 16M a season through a rebuild? Teams like the dolphins, jets, bengals, redskins aren’t going to trade draft capital to pay a corner who doesn’t move the needle nearly enough for them.

  13. The Peters trade freed up a little over $9M in cap space to add to the $3.3M they had. They should be able to get a deal done with Ramsey. This will definitely be a win now mindset. First up,catching up the 4-2 teams.

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