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Jaguars owner Khan says he’s met with Jalen Ramsey

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Sep 17, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan watches his team during the second half of a football game against the Tennessee Titans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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The saga of disgruntled Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey and his desire to be traded continues to take twists and turns. And, the latest is the owner of the team says he’s met with the star, problem DB and they worked things out, at least temporarily.

In an exclusive interview with the website “The Street” which focuses more on business, reporter Katherine Ross scored a one-on-one chat on the floor of a stock exchange with Khan on several subjects including Ramsey’s unhappiness.

The website made the interview available late Thursday morning:

“He’s going to be playing this week,” Khan said. “You’ve got a balance what’s good for the team and what the individual wishes what maybe, might be. And, I think we’ll kind of be able to formulate it here. I met him (Ramsey) a couple of days ago and had a heart-to-heart. And, I think we’ll be able to come to whatever makes sense for all.”

We wrote previously that Khan was not inclined to trade Ramsey, in particular because he’s a very valuable cover corner and they may not be getting the type of compensation offers in return for him.

And then, there’s the whole ongoing speculative debate about how much Ramsey is truly hurt with a supposed back injury, as opposed to him not wanting to play and the team not wanting him to risk injury, while they try to resolve things. The team originally said two weeks ago that Ramsey was being excused for the birth of his second child, gave no timetable for his return and then, he was back with the team three days later.

Ramsey did go to Houston last weekend instead of being with the team in Charlotte for their defeat at the hands of the Panthers. There, he was photographed on social media with Texans QB Deshaun Watson Sunday, and reportedly saw a back specialist on Monday about whatever that problem is.

Still, it was curious that Ramsey did travel with the team two weekends earlier to Denver with the supposed bad back and yet, was inactive for that game.

Ramsey was back on the practice field Wednesday in a limited capacity and is expected to play against the Saints this weekend. The NFL trade deadline is approaching at the end of the month and Ramsey has made it no secret he would like to be dealt out of Jacksonville, in particular as he is unhappy with VP of Football, Tom Coughlin.

Coughlin, who is known for his hard-line stance against players, especially ones that are causing headaches off the field, is ultimately in charge of whether Ramsey gets a new long-term deal.

Of course Coughlin’s authority is given to him by the owner and Khan is making it clear that he wants Ramsey at least on the team in the short-term.

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Jaguars to get Nick Foles back to practice

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The Jaguars are in need of some positive news and it looks like they have some regarding injured quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles, who’s been out since an injury in game one, will apparently be back at practice starting next week

Coach Doug Marrone told the media Friday that their prized free agent acquisition is anxious to get back:

Foles was injured in the first quarter of the Jaguars opening game with the Kansas City Chiefs suffering a fractured left collarbone. And, the team has been aiming for him to be back at some point in the middle of the season.

ESPN’s Jaguars beat reporter Mike DiRocco’s tweet references that it apparently be the November 17th game with the Colts, as the goal.

In Foles is absence, Jacksonville has turned rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon in North Florida leading Jacksonville to a couple of wins including a dramatic last-second victory in week four in Denver. The team further embraced Minshew by passing out some 30,000 replica mustaches at last week’s home game with the Saints, to like what the rookie sports as part of his image.

Minshew, however, had a tough time with the Saints defense throwing for only 14 of 29 for 163 yards without a TD and an INT. He’s expected to have an easier time with the 0-6 hapless Bengals this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Jags have optimism that Foles will be able to spark them in the second half of the season.

Jacksonville landed Foles in free agency this past March of his Super Bowl winning performance two years ago and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.

And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help.

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Jaguars VP Coughlin on Ramsey trade- “time came to move on”

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The Jaguars have made the decision to part with problem Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Wednesday morning the team made its first statement about it.

Jacksonville VP of football Tom Coughlin released a statement through the team website and social media about the deal they made with the Rams for the disgruntled Ramsey:

As we wrote Tuesday night, Coughlin and Ramsey not seeing eye to eye basically forced a move to be made. However, the Jaguars should be credited, as they waited and got two number one picks, as well as a mid-round pick in return for a player that has previously been an All-Pro at his position.

The soap opera boiled over in week two, when Ramsey got into things on the sidelines with coach Doug Marrone over Marrone not challenging a completion to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom Ramsey had been covering.

As we had been told at that time Ramsey and Marrone and cleared the air. However, his bigger problem had been with Coughlin and a meeting they had after the Houston game led Ramsey to demand a trade. This as, Coughlin would ultimately be in charge of approving a long-term contract extension for Ramsey be on this year, and that wasn’t going to be likely.

The Jaguars and the Rams also completed a big trade a year ago when Jacksonville dealt away defensive end  and former top five pick, Dante Fowler, for third and fifth round picks in return. Fowler went on to have a good year down the stretch in L.A. and ended up helping them make the Super Bowl.

Ramsey also comes to Hollywood at a bargain in the short term for the Rams, as he is only making the prorated remainder of his $2.4 million salary for this year.

The Rams and GM Les Snead can also decide to keep Ramsey for his fifth year option at $13.7 million for 2020.

And, the Rams cleared some salary-cap room, and at Ramsey’s position, when they traded defensive back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Tuesday. L.A. is in the “win now” mode, and not only did not have a first-round pick this past draft, but also do not have one in the next two drafts after the deal for Ramsey.

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