Late Monday afternoon, Jalen Ramsey’s agent David Mulugheta let the Jacksonville Jaguars’ front office know that Ramsey wants to be traded. The former Seminole has established himself as one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL since his arrival into the league in 2016 and has been named to two Pro Bowls, and was first-team All-Pro in 2017. The Jaguars have started making calls and want at least a first-round pick, but have no plans to trade Ramsey as of yet.
The outspoken defensive back had a confrontation on the sidelines this past Sunday with Head Coach Doug Marrone, where Marrone had to be separated by other defensive backs of the Jaguars. Ramsey has made it known he doesn’t think he’s being used right and wants to play in a pure man-to-man system.
Listed below are possible destinations.
This one seems slightly far-fetched considering the Titans are a division rival, but Ramsey has not been shy about wanting to play near his hometown of Smyrna, Tennessee, which is just a half-hour drive from Nissan Stadium. The Jaguars’ front office has shown they are less than competent, so they may take an offer from the Titans if the offer is high enough, but having to play an extra-motivated Ramsey twice a year seems like it would be a mistake though. The Titans are born from that New England system and need shutdown cornerbacks to take that next step into playoff contention.
On an August podcast with Titans Tackle Taylor Lewan, Ramsey mentioned he would like to play either in Tennessee or Las Vegas if he couldn’t finish out his career with Jacksonville. While the Raiders may not fit Ramsey’s wish of being a man-to-man cover system, Jon Gruden has already taken one chance with an outspoken player in Antonio Brown. If he believes Ramsey can help the team win, it’s entirely believable Gruden would pull the trigger for a trade of Ramsey’s caliber.
Ramsey would fit in perfectly with the city of Philadelphia and their loud fanbase. The Eagles have had issues in the secondary since the Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha experiment in 2011. They already have one former Seminole in Ronald Darby, and have a history of trading for experienced players in an effort to win now, with trades for Michael Bennett, DeSean Jackson, Jordan Howard, etc. and really, all Ramsey wants to do is win. The Eagles are just a few years removed from the Super Bowl and are looking to get back before their window closes.
While it should be noted the writer is a Vikings fan, he writes this with as little bias as possible. The Vikings have two cornerbacks up for new contracts at the end of this season in Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander, and Xavier Rhodes turned 29 this past summer. Rhodes has come under fire a couple of times with his head coach’s desire to play up to Rhodes’ contract’s standards. Head Coach Mike Zimmer is a well-respected coach and defensive back specialist and coached another outspoken former Seminole in Deion Sanders while they were in Dallas. Zimmer also runs a heavy man-to-man system, as Rhodes has been known to shadow the opposing team’s top wideout. The Vikings roster is built to win now, and adding Ramsey would be another move to show that. Really this could be a great pairing.
Seattle has already made one trade for a top defensive player from the AFC South this year with the addition of Jadeveon Clowney, why not add another? The Seahawks have been trying to get their defense back up to the level they were at during the Legion of Boom era, and adding Ramsey would accelerate that process. Another team that is known for running man-to-man and wants to win, Ramsey would find himself happy in the city of Seattle. Ramsey was also once committed to Pete Carroll’s former job at USC (granted it was a few years apart), so it’s entirely possible they already have some history with each other.
Really only including the Patriots here because they always seem to pop up in discussions for disgruntled stars (Randy Moss, Antonio Brown, etc). Imagining Ramsey and Stephon Gilmore in the same secondary under a Bill Belichek coached defense, with an offense that already has Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, and Josh Gordon sounds like something out of Madden, but they have never been shy about making trades to help improve the team.
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