It’s been quietly a busy offseason for the LA Rams that has seen them undergo much change to their roster. However, the franchise has moved forward to secure their long-term future to remain a playoff constant in the stacked NFC. With that comes the need to make significant financial commitments, which they are nearing yet another massive move.
Rams experience massive changes
Coming off their first Super Bowl berth in nearly two decades, the Rams took a significant step back in the 2019 season.
LA fell just short of returning the playoffs after winning only nine games. The team struggled to find any consistency offensively, which played a massive factor in several of their losses. That all led to an offseason of major change with many notable players released from the roster.
The Rams made the difficult decisions to cut star running back Todd Gurley, outside linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. and cornerback Nickell Robey Coleman, among others. The team also failed to re-sign linebacker Corey Littleton and traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans.
However, the team has maintained its priority in keeping its young cornerpieces under long-term deals. That appears to be the case quite soon with one of their star defensive players.
Rams nearing a lucrative extension with Jalen Ramsey
Since the Rams acquired All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, his contract situation has hovered over the franchise. Ramsey is heading into the fifth-year option of his rookie deal that will pay him $13.7 million for the 2020 season.
Although the Rams continue to keep their contract conversations internal, there have been indications that the two sides are working progressively toward an extension. Head coach Sean McVay recently stated the talks are ongoing, which suggests things could be worked out relatively soon, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
“I think those are things that we are working through. He’s got a great agent that has been really good to work with. Obviously, Jalen is focused on playing football. Those are things that we are trying to handle kind of behind the scenes, if you will.
McVay continued: “But I think one thing we all know is Jalen is so refreshingly secure in himself and confident that it would be great if it gets done, but also you know this guy is not going to be distracted by what is or isn’t done. He’s going to go out and try to continue to demonstrate why he’s the best in the league at what he does.”
These comments give off the sentiment that both sides are making considerable progress. McVay may not have outright stated that, but the fact he’s speaking glowingly of Ramsey’s agent is a promising sign for the Rams.
New deal should be done soon
There isn’t a set timetable to determine when the Rams and Jalen Ramsey will have an extension signed.
However, general manager Les Snead has a decent track record of inking deals before the regular season. That was the case for Brandin Cooks, Aaron Donald, Jared Goff, and Todd Gurley. It’s hard not to believe that won’t continue to stay on that path with Ramsey.
Throughout the process, the star cornerback has remained entirely professional with the situation. Ramsey hasn’t caused any distractions or voiced concerning comments about his contractual standing. He has allowed his agent to handle the business side, which could land him a historic deal.
Only time will tell when Ramsey will get that lucrative extension he has been waiting to sign.