Jaguars hold all the leverage in Ramsey standoff

By Dustin Fletcher |

After an early season loss to the Houston Texans and a very public spat with head coach Doug Marrone, the Jaguars larger than life pro bowl cornerback, Jalen Ramsey, requested a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

The spat with Marrone has since blown over, and Ramsey and Marrone cleared the air. However, Stephen A. Smith reported that the problems were with President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin. 

Coughlin carries himself with a very rugged, no-nonsense demeanor — a demeanor which has created friction with his star cornerback. Coughlin is a remnant of a more vintage era of NFL Football. However, his style did lead him to two Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants in 2007 and 2009. 

It was reported he “said some disrespectful things” to Ramsey after his spat with the head coach, which led to the trade request. 

The team rejected an offer from the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday, which included tight end Hayden Hurst, a future first round pick and a future second round pick. 

Clearly, Ramsey thought he would be dealt after the game. His locker was emptied after his media availability in the locker room.

Hurst was high up on the Jaguars draft board in 2018 and would have been taken if he were there. The Ravens drafted him before he could fall to Jacksonville, so the team elected to pick University of Florida defensive lineman Taven Bryan instead. 

This should set the precedent that the Jaguars are willing to hold out for a higher price — if they are to part ways with their franchise player. 

Whoever decides to trade for Ramsey will have to pay the Jaguars asking price of two first round picks to even start talks. Clearly, as Hurst was a first round pick in 2018, he was valued as a first round pick by Baltimore. Jacksonville was not satisfied with the offer, as we have seen in the past couple of days since Ramsey is still wearing teal and black. 

Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, has publicly stated that the team would love to keep Ramsey and is interested in making him the highest paid corner in the NFL. 

However, Ramsey does not seem willing to budge on the trade request, so seemingly, a standoff will ensue. 

Look for the Jaguars to possibly deal Ramsey in October, closer to the trade deadline, if at all this season. If not, Ramsey will have to endure one more season in Jacksonville before he can be traded in the offseason. 

Your move, Jaguars. 

Dustin Fletcher is the sports editor of the Flagler College Gargoyle and is the official source of Jacksonville Jaguars news for Flagler College. 

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