CB - LAR
Week 12 Outlook
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey and the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms on a massive extension that resets the cornerback market, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. The five-year, $105M extension averages $21M per year and is the largest contract signed by a cornerback.
The Rams have been trying to extend Ramsey since acquiring him in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars for two first-round picks last year. Ramsey won't turn 26 years old until October and is already one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, and the Rams just locked him up for the next five seasons.
The Rams are reportedly "not close" on a new deal with star CB Jalen Ramsey, per Josina Anderson.
Ramsey and the Rams are not close on an extension, but it's still early. Los Angeles acquired Ramsey from the Jaguars via trade during the 2019 regular season. Ramsey is on the final year of is rookie deal and contract talks between both parties continue. The 25-year-old is expected to move around in coverage in 2020. He racked up 50 tackles, one interception and two forced fumbles over 12 games for the Rams/Jaguars in 2019.
Rams DB Jalen Ramsey told reporters on Tuesday morning that he would report to training camp even without a contract extension.
Ramsey is entering the final year of his contract, but feels comfortable reporting to training camp with Los Angeles regardless of his contract situation. That is a far cry from how Ramsey handled his time in Jacksonville for the latter part of his career with the Jaguars. He was traded to the Rams early in the 2019 season after publicly speaking out about his desire to be dealt. The former 2016 fifth-overall pick is set to make a cool $13.7M this season and feels confident a long-term extension is forthcoming. One of, if not the best defensive back in the game could become the highest-paid DB in NFL history when he signs his extension.
Jalen Ramsey racked up four solo tackles and his first interception as a Ram during Saturday’s 34-31 loss to the 49ers. Ramsey left the game with a knee injury but did return to finishing playing.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Rams would shut Ramsey down since they were eliminated from the playoffs with Saturday’s loss. Jalen has 50 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception through Week 16.
Newly-acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey is active for the team's Week 7 matchup against the Falcons in Atlanta.
Ramsey was only just acquired earlier in the week but is set to start for the Rams. It is unclear if he will play every down or if the Rams will simplify their defense at all in order to incorporate him this week, but he appears to be completely healed from the mystery back injury that plagued him for his last few weeks in Jacksonville.