Ed "Pi Double I" Henderson
The anticipated wait is now over in Los Angeles between all-pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and the Rams front office. It is official, the Rams and Ramsey agreed to a new five-year, $105M contract extension and $71.2M fully guaranteed in access to $21.5 per season.
The Rams traded for Ramsey in the mid-2019 season after his displeasures with the Jacksonville Jaguars organization. Ramsey antics begin with having the flu and an undisclosed ailment with his back that pretty much was explaining that his time was up in Jacksonville.
The owner of the Jaguars, Shahid Khan, expressed that Ramsey was not for sale, and then the front officers started fielding offers from several teams. However, it was not until week six, when the Rams were embarrassed at home by their arch rivaled San Francisco 49ers where the wheels went in motion with several trades.
The Rams shipped both starting cornerbacks Marcus Peters (Baltimore Ravens) and Aqib Talib (Miami Dolphins) out of town while acquiring Austin Corbett (Clevland Browns) and Kenny Young from the Ravens in exchange for Peters. At that point, is when our thoughts were surfacing on a trade for Ramsey in motion.
The Rams provided a sweet deal that the Jaguars could not refuse, trading away two future first rounds draft picks for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. A lot of draft capital to give away, but it appeared to work some four years before landing Jared Goff as the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Ramsey was welcome to Los Angeles with open arms. Los Angeles was his previous attraction after a high school recruitment trip to the University of Southern Cal. Ramsey expressed how he loved Los Angeles but spurned the Trojans to remain in Florida and attend Florida State.
Ramsey immediately expressed to the Rams front office that if they bargained in "good faith" and not recommend any franchise tag, he would not holdout during the offseason. As both parties kept their promises, the talks of Ramsey contract negotiations never stalled.
Last weekend, Ramsey unfollowed the Rams on his IG account (Instagram) and the @RamsNFL on Twitter, changing his profile pic to a black and white background. Rams fans started to panic, suggesting that the Rams played hardball and that Ramsey would hold out. As it turned out, it was Ramsey's way of keeping every in suspense leading to his record deal.
The Rams will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at their new $5-billion state-of-art So-Fi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The shutdown corner more than likely is responsible for shutting down the Cowboys star receiver Amari Cooper. In last season matchup, Cooper had one reception for 19-yards after being all game long by Ramsey.
Now that that is over, the Rams will move on to their next subject with receiver Cooper Kupp. Kupp is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the Rams General Manager Les Snead spoke yesterday that both sides are closing in on a new deal