Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
After suffering their third consecutive loss on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams seemed to have lost their identity. For the first time under Sean McVay's regime, the team also endured two consecutive home losses.
However, the organization claimed that new identity by executing several trades this morning. Acquiring lineman Austin Corbett from the Cleveland Browns, and trading their all-pro cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young, general manager Les Snead once again was becoming a trade wizard.
In a blockbuster trade, the Rams agreed to send their 2020 and 2021 first-round draft picks, and their 2021 fifth-round draft pick for Jacksonville Jaguars disgruntled cornerback Jaylen Ramsey.
In week two, the Jaguars were playing against the Houston Texans as it appeared that Ramsey became frustrated with head coach Doug Marrone. The two had needed restraining after a visible shouting match on the sidelines with each other. Ramsey remained upset as he could be seen sitting at the end of the bench throughout the game.
The following week, Ramsey appeared to notify the Jaguars front office that he had the flu and could not practice. A couple of days later, he informed the team that his back was injured and could not practice. Shortly after, he would contact the front office and the organization approved for him to go to Tennessee for the birth of his child.
Shahid Khan, the owner of the Jaguars, initially proposed that he was looking for at least two first-round selections for Ramsey. Teams would start to inquire about the trade offers; however, Khan would make it clear that he would not trade his star cornerback.
However, after a heart to heart talk with front office vice-president Tom Coughlin, it was apparent that Ramsey sought out for a trade. It was clear that Ramsey loss faith in the Jaguars organization and wanted a fresh start with a team where he could win.
The fourth-year Ramsey received his desire as the team agreed to deal him to the Rams while the team was looking for defensive help. It made sense they traded Peters to the Ravens while exploring the options with landing the cornerback who plays Wade Phillips style of defense.
Ramsey, who has one year left on his rookie deal, will be under the Rams control until the end of the 2020 season. He will account for $13M of the salary cap next season, where they already will begin with lucrative salaries of Jared Goff ($36M), Aaron Donald ($25M), Todd Gurley ($17M), and Brandin Cooks ($16M) all who have signed extensions.
This trade comes a week before the October 29th deadline, and it is unclear if Ramsey will be ready to play after missing so much time away from the field. The Rams will need his presence on defense as they prepare to face veterans Julio Jones and Mohammed Sanu, both of who have hurt the Rams in the past with the Atlanta Falcons.
If Ramsey is available to play on Sunday, expect Phillips to dial-up crafty blitz packages to disrupt quarterback Matt Ryan's timing. The Rams lost to the Falcons in the 2017 NFC Wildcard Playoffs, in the first year under McVay. In that game, Ryan was able to keep the Rams defense unbalanced as he quickly threw the ball around. However, he will be facing an entirely different Rams defense that will not allow him to pass effectively.