It’s official: Jalen Ramsey is no longer on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Pro Bowl cornerback was traded from the Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams yesterday in exchange for first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round draft pick in 2021. Coincidentally, the Rams happen to already hold two former Jaguars in quarterback Blake Bortles and defensive end Dante Fowler.
The Jaguars made three Top-5 draft picks from 2014-16 … the Rams now have those three players on their roster. pic.twitter.com/nkdJZyPSzo— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 16, 2019
Since roughly the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, Ramsey’s departure from Jacksonville has been looming over the club. ESPN Staff Writer Michael DiRocco reported, “Ramsey asked to be traded after Jaguars vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin scolded him for his actions during the team’s Week 2 loss at Houston.” DiRocco said Ramsey got into a sideline shouting match with Jaguars’ Head Coach Doug Marrone after he refused Ramsey’s request to challenge a completion.
The next week Ramsey played at Tennessee, but then that’s when things started to get a bit fishy. He did not practice the following Monday due to an illness, and then he missed that Wednesday’s practice with a back injury he suffered during the Week 3 game. According to DiRocco, “Later that day, the team announced that Ramsey would return to Nashville, Tennessee, for the impending birth of his second child.” So basically, because of illness, his back injury, and his new baby, Ramsey has not been playing with the Jags for a while now.
Because Ram’s cornerback Aqib Talib is out for the season with an ACL and MCL tear, Ramsey is expected to slip right into the Rams’ defensive formation this Sunday in Atlanta against the Falcons. He joins a strong defensive squad consisting of defensive tackle Aaron Donald and free safety Eric Weddle.
Now the question on everyone’s mind: What’s going to happen to the Jaguars’ defense? Well, it’s no secret it’s not going to be as good as it was without the Pro Bowler. Hopefully the Jags will be able to get something out of the picks they received in the seasons to come, but of course, there’s no guarantee.