LA Rams Jalen Ramsey Tweet: ". . .trade? Maybe lol”
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams are not set for the 2023 NFL season. In fact, the NFL 2023 NFL season does not begin until 1:00 pm PT on March 15, 2023. That date and time marks the start of the new NFL season, and the point in time when all 32 teams must officially be under the new NFL salary cap. Of course, as is often the case, the LA Rams are one of the teams that are currently projected to be over that new salary cap limit. But not to worry, by the time the new season arrives, the Rams will likely be under the cap.
One of the various scenarios in the LA Rams Rumors that has begun to gain some traction is the belief that the team is listening to trade offers for All-Pro DB Jalen Ramsey. The reasons behind the rumors are complex, but the truth of the matter is that the Rams have a highly compensated defensive back who is at his best when deployed in man coverage. Unfortunately, the Rams have migrated away from man, and now deploy what some describe as a soft zone.
Even that would not be so horrendous for the LA Rams, or any defense for that matter, if Ramsey was surrounded by solid veteran defensive backs. But for much of the 2022 NFL season, he was flanked by very young defensive backs, and his safety support in the form of Taylor Rapp and Nick Scott were caught looking in at the quarterback at times, giving limited support to Ramsey at critical moments in the game.
Because he is the veteran, Jalen Ramsey is oftentimes the player who gets called out by fans after a bad play. And yes, it 2022 there were more than a typical number of questionable plays. In fact, in 2022 he recorded four interceptions, but was responsible for five touchdown receptions. That is significantly higher than the previous career high of three touchdowns. There are multiple factors that contributed to that high water mark, and many of them have been discussed at length previously.
For now, the question is a bit of a financial matter, as well as a performance quandary. Should the LA Rams trade Jalen Ramsey away? If so, what type of financial relief, if any, would that give the Rams? Well, don't look for too much relief from any actions taken by the Rams, as the truth is that Ramsey's current contract does not afford much of an out-clause until 2024.