Controversial Pro Bowl Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey always seems to be in the headlines for various reasons. Well for the “Fourth of July” holiday and weekend in the United States, he’s actually doing some positive p.r. for the team and their upcoming annual U.K. home game to be played in November.
Ramsey is in London on behalf of the “NFL U.K.” initiative and will actually be participating in some public events to help hype the AFC South battle with the Houston Texans to be played November 3rd at Wembley Stadium:
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Ramsey is an interesting contradiction in that, he’s taking time during his off season vacation, etc. to be part of the promotional tour on behalf of the team in the league. Yet, as he’s done for the last three years, Ramsey largely stayed away from the team and their facility during the off season, including OTA workouts. The only time he was present was for mandatory minicamp in June.
The former top five draft pick is headed into the final year of his rookie deal, but the team has already announced they will pick up his fifth year option for 2020. It is expected that Ramsey will make an excessive of $15 million dollars annually on his next contract.
The only question that remains is: will that be long-term in Jacksonville or will he be somewhere else?
That’s because for all the talent Ramsey has shown, particularly in one-on-one coverage skills, he has been a constant headache off the field. This includes getting suspended for a week during preseason last year for his behavior following a scuffle between teammates Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue during a training camp practice.
Ramsey also angered the Jaguars V.P. of Football Tom Coughlin and the entire organization with his inflammatory comments about opposing quarterbacks in “GQ” last August, as well.
However, as Fowler, a former first-round pick himself who had his own off-field issues, found out by being traded last October, the Jags can, and will, cut ties with players they don’t believe are worth the headaches any longer.
And the Jaguars currently have two other such headaches, as LB Telvin Smith has announced he will not play, for yet to be specified reasons, in 2019. This despite being in the prime of his career and being owed $9 million for this season. And, Ngakoue already skipped the mandatory minicamp and may sit out in training camp, while he looks for a new contract and big salary increase.
So, in a way, Ramsey is doing the smart thing by doing something on behalf of the Jaguars for America’s Independence Day. even over in Europe.
In addition to Ramsey, the Jaguars second-year receiver D.J. Chark and kicker Josh Lambo are also part of the NFL U.K. and jaguars initiative this week for the upcoming game this fall>
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