Since star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was acquired by the LA Rams, his contract situation has remained hovering over the franchise. The Rams have kept the dialogue around an extension under wraps, but that hasn’t dwindled the importance to get a new contract worked out. With that in mind, the team has dropped a hint when to expect a new deal worked out with their star cornerback.
Jalen Ramsey sees long-term future with Rams
The move alone to land Jalen Ramsey signified how much the Rams think of his talent.
There hasn’t been any significant progress publicly toward a new contract, but that hasn’t wavered the All-Pro cornerback’s trust in the franchise. Ramsey voiced in May that he isn’t worried about his contract situation. (H/T Sporting News)
“I can’t really worry about that,” Ramsey told reporters about the negotiations. “I just control what I got to worry about right now. I feel like everybody knew what type of situation it was gonna be once they traded for me, so I think it doesn’t really need to be talked about that much. It’ll get handled.”
Ramsey is heading into the fifth-year option of his rookie deal that will pay him $13.7 million for the 2020 season. He voiced months ago that he had no plans to holdout, which may speak to the utmost confidence he has in getting another deal done with the Rams.
Jalen Ramsey’s massive contract coming soon
All that has shifted the conversation over to the Rams getting an extension worked out with Jalen Ramsey.
The Pro Bowler has voiced nothing but praise toward the franchise in his brief tenure. With that in mind, general manager Les Snead recently stated that the team would keep their contract dialogue internal but further emphasized the value they hold toward him, according to Steve Wyche of the NFL Network.
On Jalen Ramsey contract talks, Rams GM Les Snead: “We’ll keep the intimacy of those details in house.” Then adds: “We gave up two first rounders to bring in that caliber of player.” Translation: At some point it will get done. Rams recently have done deals before the reg season.
LA paid a hefty price tag to acquire Ramsey, which should only give them greater importance to get him under a new contract. A team will not often give up a pair of first-round selections to acquire a player, and they won’t let that slip their grasps.
Trend will continue in LA
As Wyche indicated, the Rams do have a history of getting extensions worked out in the offseason with their core players. That was the case with Aaron Donald, Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, and Tyler Higbee.
It’s hard to believe things will unfold in any other manner as the team wants to avoid that possibly becoming a distraction. That isn’t to say that Jalen Ramsey will make a fuss about his contract situation, but it’s a question he will continue to be asked throughout the season if there no extension finalized.
The pressure is on LA to get that long-term deal completed to put him alongside Aaron Donald for the long haul as one of their core defensive pieces. The Rams will have to pay a hefty price tag to keep Ramsey, but he has proven to be one of the top defensive backs in the league. If anything, all this suggests that a new deal could be coming quite soon.