Jalen Ramsey will make his debut with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
Over the last few years, the Rams have established a reputation as a team in “win now” mode by willing to make any deal that puts them in better position to make a run at the Super Bowl, no matter how crazy it may seem.
Watching Los Angeles give up two future first-round picks for Ramsey may seem costly for most teams, but if the cornerback makes a strong enough impact on defense to help this team earn another trip to the big game, this is all that matters the most.
Leading up to Ramsey’s debut with the Rams on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, all eyes will be on the cornerback to see how he looks against one of the league’s best receivers in Julio Jones, as this could be the best one-on-one matchup of the day.
But leading up to the game, there was another popular topic of discussion surrounding Ramsey in regards to promising Los Angeles that he wouldn’t hold out over the next two seasons, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning.
After seeing how much of a headache Ramsey was at times in Jacksonville, there was some concern over the possibility of him wanting an immediate pay raise with a hefty new deal on his next team, despite being under contract through 2020.
Ramsey making this promise to the Rams in order to help them feel better about the trade should obviously be considered a huge win for a team like Los Angeles since it can be tough these days to see players honor their contracts in full.
However, plenty could change from now until next season, and if Ramsey turns out to be better on defense than originally expected for the Rams, will he still be willing to honor the promise?
Since the deal just took place this week, and Ramsey is only suiting up for the first time on Sunday, it would be foolish to draw speculation over how this “promise” could play out for both parties, but at least the Rams seem to have the upper hand for now.
Best-case scenario, Ramsey finishes 2019 on one of the strongest notes possible to make it easy for the Rams to work out a hefty new deal before next season, so this story becomes quickly becomes meaningless.