The Jacksonville Jaguars are "not interested" in trading star cornerback Jalen Ramsey and "he would have been sent away by now" if they intended on dealing him, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
But that doesn't mean the standoff between the two sides is over, as Schefter noted:
"Ramsey still is adamant that he wants to be traded, and this stance sets up a potential showdown between the player and team to see which side gets what it wants. In the coming days, once the Jaguars return to practice Monday, Ramsey could try to force the team's hand.
"Practice will offer the first clue as to Ramsey's strategy. If he participates in practice, he will appear to be going along with the team's stance. But if because of his continued unhappiness, Ramsey finds a reason not to practice, that will be a sign that the showdown is on."
According to Schefter, team owner Shad Khan does not want to trade Ramsey despite the player's wishes to move on.
On the 17 Weeks podcast, Ramsey said that a conversation with team management following a Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans—when Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone got into a heated argument on the sidelines and had to be separated by Jaguars players—served as the impetus for his decision to request a trade.
"Some disrespectful things were said on their end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out, and I told him, I said, 'It's time; my time is up here in Jacksonville. I want to ask for a trade,'" he said.
He also said during the podcast that the trade request "was something that has kind of been building over a little bit of time," (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).
It's understandable that Jacksonville would want to rectify the situation and hold onto the 24-year-old cornerback, however. Ramsey has emerged as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, with two trips to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons and a first-team All-NFL selection in 2017.
He's yet to miss a game in his four-year career, accumulating 211 tackles, nine interceptions, 45 passes defended and one forced fumble.
But if Ramsey is truly done in Jacksonville, sitting out in an effort to force Jacksonville's hand would certainly raise the stakes in this staredown. And there will be interest in his services. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported Sunday morning that the Kansas City Chiefs were the favorites to land him if Jacksonville made him available, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens also "monitoring the Ramsey situation."
La Canfora added that the Jaguars are "trying to get two first-round picks for him, though other general managers I spoke to anticipate the final haul being more like one first-round pick, a second-round pick and a young player with upside."