LA Rams and Jalen Ramsey win lottery. JR now highest paid NFL DB

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Despite rumors to the contrary, the LA Rams have extended Jalen Ramsey on a 5-year deal

The LA Rams needed to make some finance adjustments in the next 24 hours yesterday. They were the only team not to clear the NFL’s 2020 salary cap. Needless to say, that worry is over. And with it, the worries about what the LA Rams will do about extending their All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

The Rams, and the entire NFL, found out today. The Rams will be extending cornerback Jalen Ramsy for five years, and in the process, ensuring that the team has their three foundation pieces locked up for years to come..  In short, the LA Rams have locked in their lockdown cornerback.7

And with one announcement, the Rams offseason and future is much brighter.

Loyalty runs both ways

The Rams have launched Jalen Ramsey into outer space with this one.  With an annual price of $21 million and over $71 million in guarantees that’s a lot of trust by the Rams in Ramsey.

In the past, the Rams have been snake bitten by huge guaranteed contracts in the past. Here’s why that is unlikely to happen in this case. Jalen Ramsy is very prideful and loyal.  That loyalty is a huge advantage to the Rams, the team that just paid him. So loyal that he openly defends his agent on social media

And well he should. We estimated Ramsey’s deal to average $20 million/year with $65 million guaranteed. The actual deal came in at an average of $21 million per year, and over $70 million guaranteed.

Read the signs

All the while, both Jalen Ramsey and the LA Rams remained very confident that a deal could be worked out. So much confidence that Ramsey was house shopping in Los Angeles.

Yes, all the signs were there. The Rams were already heavily invested in Ramsey, both in draft capital and in designing a defense to showcase his talents. So the Rams were never going to “not” sign him. In fact, we knew it would happen a month ago. Not only did we know it would happen, but we acknowledged just how critical this contract was to the Rams’ future.

Turning the corner yet?  The Rams have three All-Pros in Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, and Johnny Hekker.  We’ll talk later about how quarterback Jared Goff seems to be more dangerous than ever.
Now, bring on the Cowboys!