While reports swirled this season that the Jacksonville Jaguars were considering trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey, general manager Dave Caldwell said on Wednesday that he has no plans to shop the star defensive back.
Caldwell spoke highly of Ramsey while talking with NBC Sports at the NFL scouting combine on Wednesday, and said he’d like to have him in Jacksonville for a long time.
“We’re not going to trade Jalen,” Caldwell told NBC Sports. “That’s not our intention. When you have a player that’s one of the top at his position, it’s hard to replace that player.”
Ramsey had 65 total tackles and three interceptions this season with the Jaguars — his third in the league. He is entering the fourth and final year of his initial deal with the team, however Caldwell confirmed Wednesday that they will pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal. According to The Athletic’s Daniel Popper, the Jaguars will wait until after free agency and the NFL draft in April before deciding on a long-term contract extension for the 24-year-old.
While he’s certainly one of the better cornerbacks in the league, there are few who talk more trash publicly than Ramsey. Most notably this season, he was involved in a feud with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and even snubbed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck after pretending to help him up.
Despite the antics, which Caldwell said he’s reeled in, Ramsey has been extremely dedicated throughout his three years in the league.
“Jalen’s a great kid, a great man,” Caldwell told NBC sports. “Whenever you get a chance to talk to him, he’s got a good smile on his face. He’s highly competitive, and I think sometimes that might get the most of him because he competes at everything. If you talk to him, he’s always competing and doing the things that are necessary to be successful.
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