If you’re one of the many Philadelphia Eagles fans holding out hope that Howie Roseman will swing a deal for Jacksonville Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, well, this might not be an article you enjoy.
The latest buzz on Ramsey is that the Jags won’t be trading him. Check out this quote from team owner Shad Khan, via the Associated Press:
“Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be. But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team.”
One could suggest Khan is posturing in order to drive up the price to acquire Ramsey. Maybe.
But maybe this comment should just be taken at face value.
NFL insider Adam Schefter appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday morning — prior to Shan’s comments — and said that he believes Ramsey won’t be traded.
“If I had to look into my crystal ball and forecast — and, again, it’s a fluid situation, a volatile situation, he’s only basically pulled himself out of one week of action, not three, not five, right? Which could happen, over time, we’ll see. But I will say that he’s not traded this year. That’s my read of it right now. Again, that doesn’t mean it won’t change next week. It could. But, as of this week, I believe that Jacksonville is dug in. That’s my belief.
Adam Caplan echoed Schefter’s sentiment in a radio interview with 97.3 ESPN.
On Jalen Ramsey....@caplannfl says:— 97.3 ESPN FM (@973espn) October 2, 2019
"My understanding is...I don't think they (Jax) will trade him."
"They don't want to be in position to worsen their football team...it would take a astronomical offer - two ones won't get it done."
Earlier this week, Chris Mortensen noted that the Eagles are “still highly, highly interested” in acquiring Ramsey. He also added that the Jags turned down a package featuring a first-round pick and a second-round pick from Philly. While appearing on SportsRadio 94WIP on Wednesday, Mort downplayed the idea that Roseman will pay whatever it takes to get Ramsey.
“I don’t see Howie Roseman giving everything away. [...] You have to be careful. Going forward, Carson Wentz is only 26, gonna be 27. And I know Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Eagles is very conscientious of this -- and Howie too -- you don’t want to sit there and break down your future roster management via the salary cap and guys you need to extend internally, who are worthy of it, by being so desperate as if the window is closing on it. The window is not closing on the Philadelphia Eagles as long as Carson Wentz is healthy and playing.”
There are 26 days remaining until the NFL trade deadline arrives at 4:00 PM Eastern on Tuesday, October 29. There’s plenty of time for things in the Ramsey saga to shift by then.
For now, though, the Eagles might have to turn their attention elsewhere as they seek cornerback help.