Jalen Ramsey Challenges Jaguars to Sign Him to New Contract Amid Trade Rumors

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2018

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during NFL game action against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on November 25, 2018 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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After the Jacksonville Jaguars shut down any trade rumors involving star Jalen Ramsey earlier this season, the Pro Bowl cornerback wants the team to put its money where its mouth is in the form of an extension.

Ramsey said, according to ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco: 

"Like I said, I'm going to let my agent and the front office handle that, but after what came out here, what was it five weeks ago or however many weeks ago it was, yeah I'm feeling like yeah, if y'all serious about that [a potential trade] not being real, then y'all need to make it happen. If not, then maybe what came out five weeks ago will happen. We'll see."

The 2016 first-round pick has just one year remaining on his rookie deal, although the Jaguars can exercise a fifth-year option for the 2020 season.

Last month, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Jacksonville would consider trading Ramsey this offseason. However, the club firmly denied that report:

#DUUUVAL @Jaguars

Statement regarding CB Jalen Ramsey. https://t.co/e7qquci86b

All of that went down just days after the outspoken defensive back tweeted: "When I'm gone from here, y'all gone miss me. I ain't even trippin lol."

Ramsey later clarified his tweet, explaining it was directed at "fake fans." He added that he wanted to spend his whole career in one uniform.

"I've said multiple times, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again that I want to play for one team my whole career," Ramsey declared, per DiRocco.

Ramsey is coming off a season in which he was named first-team All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl selection, thanks to 63 combined tackles, 17 passes defended and four interceptions. His shutdown coverage helped the Jaguars reach the AFC Championship Game last season.

This season has not been as smooth, though. The third-year corner has 53 combined tackles, 10 passes defended and three interceptions in 13 games. Meanwhile, the Jaguars (4-9) are last in the AFC South after dropping eight of their last nine contests.

Ramsey also ruffled some feathers by calling out a number of players around the league during a GQ feature over the summer.

Ramsey's future figures to be a big storyline this offseason. He may want a long-term deal, but the team has the luxury of the fifth-year option as well as the franchise tag down the road if no multiyear deal is reached. As for Ramsey, if the Jaguars don't pay him, some other team will as long as he continues to play at a high level.


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