The Los Angeles Rams have made a blockbuster trade by trading for superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey. In this deal, the Jacksonville Jaguars will receive a first-round pick in 2020 and 2021 and will receive a fourth-round pick in 2021. This deal was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
It’s happening: Former Jaguars’ CB Jalen Ramsey is being traded to the LA Rams for two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, and a fourth-round pick in 2021, source tells ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 15, 2019
Jalen Ramsey On the Move
Impact on Los Angeles
This deal is massive. Trading Peters earlier in the day, along with being forced to put Aqib Talib on IR, left the team with less than ideal depth. However, that will no longer be a concern.
Ramsey is one of, if not the best cover corner in all of football. This now gives the Rams a strong top-two at cornerback with Ramsey and Nickell Robey-Coleman.
The Rams are pretty strapped for cap space, but this move was a no-brainer. Ramsey will be in line for a big pay raise between this season and next, but in the short-term, this makes them a better team. Putting Ramsey on a defense that is talented and has a superstar like Aaron Donald on it already, there’s no shortage of star power.
Again, the team will have to figure out the money in the long-term. Jared Goff has gotten his big contract. Donald has a big cap hit, and Ramsey will be in line for a big contract extension before his rookie deal is over.
That leaves the Rams with a decision to make. Do that want to keep the stars around, or do they want to try and build depth? Either way, the franchise is clearly all-in on getting back to the Super Bowl this season. And adding Ramsey helps their chances.
This is a move that had to be made. Trading a player of Ramsey’s caliber is less than ideal. However, Ramsey clearly wanted out and he hasn’t been playing. To be fair, he’s been on the injury report, but it seemed clear he wasn’t making the most effort to be able to play the past couple of weeks.
Getting two first-round picks is big. This is still a good roster that has been competitive despite Nick Foles being sidelined.
With them now having two first-round picks each of the next two seasons, along with the potential of an increased cap space bump this offseason, depending on what they decided with the club option on Marcell Dareus.
After next season, the team barely has any money locked up. If Jacksonville hits on these upcoming draft picks, they should be a threat in the AFC for a while to come.
Again, trading Ramsey is less than ideal. However, he wanted out, and the team gets draft picks.
The Rams may have had to give up draft capital, but they are getting a proven player. And with that, one of the top players in the league at his position.
It’s hard to say which team won this deal. In the short-term, of course, it was the Rams, but nobody will really know until the Jaguars use the first-round picks.
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