The Los Angeles Rams used two first-round picks to snag Jalen Ramsey away from the Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s some serious draft capital.
By parting with a haul of that size, the Rams are essentially saying they don’t just view Ramsey as help for this season. They want him as part of the franchise’s future as well.
Ramsey is in the fourth year of his rookie deal, with a fifth-year option for 2020. It would make sense for the Rams to negotiate a long-term (likely expensive) contract before next season.
There seems to be hope that such negotiations would not be contentious. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ramsey promised LA before they acquired him that he would not hold out if the two sides couldn’t agree on a long-term deal this offseason.
Sources: Jalen Ramsey promised the Rams that he won't hold out if sides can't reach deal this off-season.https://t.co/W3NjW2wSyf
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2019
However, while Ramsey has reportedly vowed he won’t holdout this year, Schefter reports that he told the team he would do so if they attempt to franchise tag him after the 2020 campaign.
Ramsey is set to make his Rams debut this afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. He is the main piece in a reshuffled Los Angeles secondary.
Last week, the team put cornerback Aqib Talib and safety John Johnson IR and traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens. Having Ramsey step into Peters’ spot should be an upgrade for LA though.