Since the Los Angeles Rams acquired star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the team knew that his contract situation was a pending matter that they would have to address. Ramsey is heading into the fifth-year option in his rookie contract without much clarity about when his next extension will be worked out with the franchise. However, Rams head coach Sean McVay may have indicated what direction the talks could be soon headed between both sides quite soon.
Jalen Ramsey’s won’t holdout if no extension is in place
Before the Rams moved to land Ramsey ahead of last season’s trade deadline, the chatter around the Pro Bowler centered on his contract situation.
The star cornerback had made it quite clear that he desired to ink a lucrative deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, that led to things getting a bit dicey between both sides, with Ramsey citing a back injury from preventing him from taking the field last season.
That situation didn’t last long as the Ramsey moved in quickly to acquire him, which put the contract matters on the backburners for a short while. The conversation has seemingly shifted back in that direction, with him heading into the final year of his deal without a new extension.
Ramsey has stayed firm with his desire for a lucrative extension but hasn’t been hardpressed like he was near the end of his tenure with the Jaguars. The 25-year-old has indicated this week that he won’t hold out if a new contract isn’t worked out before the 2020 season.
It lessens the pressure on the Rams, but the desire to get him under a long-term deal is a top priority for the franchise. Los Angeles also knows what kind of price tag that may take to keep him beyond next year.
Sean McVay believes Jalen Ramsey could ink record-breaking deal
The building chatter around Jalen Ramsey’s contract situation has also put a greater emphasis on what type of deal that it will take the Rams to retain him.
The 25-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the league as he has three straight Pro Bowl selections and a First-Team All-Pro nomination through his first four seasons. Ramsey has a decorated resume that would suggest he’s only entering the prime of his career, where he could see his game take off to greater heights over the next several seasons.
With that comes the territory of him commanding a lucrative contract offer from the Rams if they hope to keep him in the fold. Head coach Sean McVay stated in on Tuesday that he believes that Ramsey could reset the market at his position with his next deal, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic.
The benchmark at the position had been raised this offseason with Bryon Jones’ contract with the Miami Dolphins after he inked a five-year, $82.5 million deal that will pay him an average annual salary of $16.5 million. That sets the bar high, but Los Angeles is well aware of Ramsey’s talent level and high defensive impact.
If the Rams hope to keep him as a long-term piece of the puzzle next to two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, it will more than likely take that.
Jalen Ramsey is in a promising spot
All that seemingly shifts the momentum over to Ramsey’s direction as he’s in a promising spot to secure his massive new extension.
McVay’s comments, along with him stating that he would hate to see the Pro Bowler leave, only further emphasize that he has the leverage in the situation. The Rams decided to trade for him, which puts them in the tight spot of trying to figure out a new deal to retain Ramsey. It was a significant trade haul to land him in exchange for a pair of first-round picks and a fourth-round selection.
It should eventually lead to the star cornerback the lucrative deal he has been waiting for to keep him in Los Angeles for years to come.