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Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey Interested in Raiders, Titans for 2021 NFL Free Agency

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20)before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey named Tennessee and Las Vegas as two places he would like to play should he leave the Jags in free agency after the 2020 season. 

Appearing on the Bussin' With The Boys podcast hosted by Tennessee Titans offensive linemen Taylor Lewan and linebacker Will Compton (h/t NFL.com's Adam Maya), Ramsey discussed his ideal landing spot: "It would probably be either here [Tennessee] or Vegas. I like Vegas. ... It's got no state income tax. Here don't either."

Ramsey is a Smyrna, Tennessee, native, which could make the Titans players for his services in free agency. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders are set to move to Las Vegas following the 2019 season, and that may put them in the running for Ramsey as well.

While Ramsey is not holding out, he is in search of a new contract, as he prepares to play at a salary of $3.634 million in 2019 despite being one of the NFL's top corners.

Ramsey made his desire for a new deal clear when he arrived at training camp in an armored truck:

Ben Murphy @BenMurphyTV

Jalen Ramsey’s entrance to training camp was.... Well it was.. “Time to get that money” #Jaguars https://t.co/6SOxIkHmqd

Although Ramsey could hold out next season if the Jags don't trade him or sign him to a new contract before then, he would be leaving a lot of money on the table since the fifth-year option in his deal will pay him $13.703 million in 2020.

During his three-year NFL career, Ramsey is a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time First Team All-Pro. When Jacksonville won the AFC South and reached the AFC Championship Game in 2017, he enjoyed a career year with 63 tackles, 17 passes defended and four interceptions.

Ramsey's production dropped off slightly last season, but he still managed 65 tackles, 13 passes defended and three picks for a Jacksonville team that disappointed overall with a 5-11 record.

Neither the Titans nor the Raiders have enjoyed much success in recent seasons, as they both missed the playoffs in 2018.

Both teams would benefit from signing Ramsey, but he is a far bigger need for the Raiders. Tennessee already has a strong group of corners with Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan and Adoree Jackson, so it is difficult to envision the Titans pursuing Ramsey unless they make sweeping changes in their secondary.

Meanwhile, are led by unproven commodities at corner in 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley and rookie second-round pick Trayvon Mullen. They also allowed an NFL-worst 36 touchdown passes last season.

Given their need for a big-time corner and Ramsey's desire to play in Vegas, the Raiders may be the early favorites in the Ramsey sweepstakes.