Er, a Deal will get done?
The LA Rams traded a small ransom for Ramsey without any guarantees that a deal would ultimately get done. Why was the price to obtain the Ramsey from the Jaguars so steep with only 1.5 seasons remaining on his contract? To be fair, at the time of the Rams trade, the team projected to chose next to last in each round of the upcoming NFL Draft. T
hat type of draft pick projection likely forced their need to surrender two first-round picks. If the Jacksonville Jaguars price was set at a “Top-10” draft pick, the Rams selection at 31 would fall far short of that mark. Even with the Rams picking at 20, the projected equivalent of the three picks traded to the Jaguars is the draft value equivalent of picking at five.
Ramsey really raised Rams roster results
After arriving at the LA Rams, the secondary’s performance ballooned. However you see the Rams’ future, the addition of Ramsey, even midseason, was a huge success. One report cites Jalen Ramsey as giving up no more than 12 yards in his final six games with the Rams. Another report, questioning the validity of the first report, still confirmed that Ramsey was an excellent addition for the Rams.
If the Rams wanted some sort of test drive, the last half of the 2019 season provided one. Not just a good one, but one deserving of a significant extension. And the LA Rams may roll the dice, but they do tend to pay their star players. Despite the lessons learned from the contracts of Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and to an extent, Jared Goff, the time to strike a deal with Ramsey is here and now.
The market for NFL defensive linemen has risen and has now resulted in Aaron Donald dropping to the fourth highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. The Rams acting now to create the highest-paid DB for the NFL won’t last long. So what is that market price for the star cornerback at now? But first things first. We need to establish a budget that the team can afford.