Jaguars Trade Jalen Ramsey to Rams


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Oct 20, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts after a defensive touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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Earlier this week, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Jalen Ramsey was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for first-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 NFL draft, as well as a fourth-round pick in 2021. Ramsey made it clear that he wanted out of Jacksonville, and was upset for the way he was being used. What the Rams get from Ramsey is one of the best cornerbacks in the league and the ability to shut down the opposing team’s number one receiver. The Rams needed cornerback help as they placed Aqib Talib on season-ending IR and traded Marcus Peters to the Ravens. Ramsey, who’s under contract through 2020, will need a massive contract extension and will become the highest-paid corner in NFL history. By trading the two first-round draft picks the Rams lose out on cheap, young talent to possibly replace aging players such as Eric Weddle, Andrew Whitworth, and Clay Matthews.  As for the Jaguars, they now have four first-round picks over the next two years to work with. The Jaguars lack playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. In the last 12 seasons, the Jaguars have had a top 10 pick 11 times. The team has some cornerstones that they can build around on defense. They have linebacker Myles Jack under contract for the next five seasons, as well as defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. However, Ngakoue’s contract is up at the end of this season, and it will be a priority for them to resign him to a long term deal. If the Jaguars can hit on their first-round picks over the next few years, it will change the dynamics of the team for the future.