On Thursday afternoon with the first round of the NFL draft approaching, the Jacksonville Jaguars went ahead and secured one of their former number one picks for 2020. In a move that should not be surprising, they picked up the 5th year option on Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey
Ramsey is now under contract with Jacksonville through the 2020 season.
Ramsey is the only defensive back in franchise history with multiple Pro Bowl honors. pic.twitter.com/kTm5GniEkd
— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) April 25, 2019
Ramsey, who was selected #5 overall in the 2016 draft is slated to make $3.6 million for this season, but that will raise now to $13.7 million for 2020.
As we wrote earlier this week, there is still some debate about off-field headaches involving Ramsey, VP football Tom Coughlin and the club.
Coughlin made waves last week when, not surprisingly, he answered a question about Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith not attending the team’s voluntary workouts this week. Coughlin’s message through the media was, “they should all be here.”
That’s because, Coughlin, who coached the Giants to two Super Bowl wins, understands the commitment and unified locker room that it takes to turn around a floundering franchise.
Ramsey stayed away from all of the off-season work a year ago, which also irked Coughlin, but then his behavior towards a Jacksonville beat writer, who was trying to film Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue getting into a tussle after a training camp practice last August, got Ramsay suspended for an entire week.
The Jaguars were clearly trying to send a message for the former first-round pick from FSU to straighten up and behave, because he has a big future and the team has an important decision on giving him a big contract.
But then, simultaneously that training camp suspension, unsolicited, on his own and classlessly, Ramsey took shots at almost every active quarterback in the NFL in an extended profile article with GQ Magazine. This included, slamming quarterbacks that Ramsey knew he and his Jaguar teammates would be playing against last season and frequently in the future.
Coughlin, Coach Doug Marrone and the organization were not only embarrassed, but angered, by what Ramsey did last August. Still, the fifth year option makes smart salary cap sense and does give the team leverage to negotiate a long-term deal with Ramsey and have a backup “Plan B” of this price for 2020.
It is interesting that the Jaguars declined the option a year ago Fowler, the former number 1 pick out of Florida.
Dollar had been a bigger headache than Ramsey, as he had been arrested twice and also suspended by the NFL. The team eventually traded Fowler last October to the L.A. Rams.
Now, Jacksonville hopes that things calm on both sides and Ramsey has a season where he makes more news on, than off, the field.
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