Jalen Ramsey has made it clear he wants out of Jacksonville, but the Jaguars are willing to pay the star cornerback top dollar to stay.
According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport, Ramsey soon could be offered a lucrative deal.
“The owner, Shad Khan, loves Ramsey,” Rapoport said on NFL Network. “(He) would be willing from what I understand to pay him and make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL as soon as he possibly can. There is a lot of love here, so for the Jacksonville Jaguars to part with Ramsey they’re gonna have to be convinced, overwhelmed that is the right move.”
According to Spotrac.com, the Dolphins’ Xavien Howard, 26, signed a five-year contract ahead of this season that is valued at $75.25 million ($15.05 million annually, $27.1 million guaranteed at signing), the largest current contract for a cornerback. The Redskins’ Josh Norman and Jets’ Trumaine Johnson have more guaranteed-at-signing money in their deals, at $35.5 million and $34 million, respectively.
Joe Haden’s deal (total cash value) with the Steelers makes him the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback at $15.4 million in 2019.
Although it appears the Jaguars are willing to pay up and would prefer to not move Ramsey, they’ve been testing the market and are seeking valuable assets in return.
“They want something like two first-round picks,” Rapoport said. “Whether that’s in the form of a first (round pick) and players, whether that’s in the form of a first-round pick in the future and several other picks together. There’s a lot here that the Jacksonville Jaguars want for another team to convince them to part with the Pro Bowler Jalen Ramsey.”
Ramsey, 24, has played for Jacksonville since he was selected fifth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has been a Pro Bowl player in two of his three pro seasons.
He has totaled 211 tackles and nine interceptions in 51 career games.
The Chiefs, Ravens, Vikings, Raiders, Eagles and Seahawks are among a host of teams that reportedly have shown interest in acquiring the star.