12up Logo12up Logo

If the Jaguars Keep and Pay Jalen Ramsey They Truly Are Lost

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 19: Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars sits on the bench during the third quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on September 19, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
James Gilbert/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a critical juncture with their defensive star in Jalen Ramsey. The standout cornerback wants his contract to reflect his belief that he's the best player at his position, and if it doesn't, he wants out of Jacksonville as soon as possible.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan also conveniently has the funds to meet Ramsey's demands.

But, if Khan caves and shells out the big bucks for him instead of shipping him out for a solid return, then it'll be concrete proof that the organization is lost and has absolutely no idea what it's doing.

There's no point in keeping him. Yup, 2019 is more or less a lost season for the Jaguars. While Gardner Minshew has been a nice story, there are still plenty of questions about whether or not he can guide this team to the playoffs. Nick Foles is out likely until at least Week 11, and the team's 1-2 start doesn't inspire much confidence.

Signing him to a massive deal would also completely hamper their ability to improve at other positions of need. Tying up more than $15 million in one player isn't conducive to building a balanced defensive front.

It seems like it would be a no-brainer to trade Ramsey, who's due more than $13 million next year, in exchange for at least a first-round pick that could be used to get younger, cheaper talent at the cornerback position.

All signs point to the right move being a trade. The fact that the Jaguars are even considering extending him is atrocious.

If Ramsey ends up getting a new deal in Jacksonville, then it will just prove how confused they are.