Jalen Ramsey requested a trade after Week 2. We’re coming up on Week 5, and the star cornerback is still with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars’ owner wants to keep it that way.
Shad Khan, speaking with the Associated Press, said he does not plan to trade Ramsey.
“Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be,” Khan told Mark Long of the AP. “But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team.”
Shad Khan wants Jalen Ramsey on Jaguars
Khan saying they’re “still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars” gives him an out. If this becomes an untenable situation with Ramsey, there’s still time to deal him before the deadline.
But this isn’t the first time Khan has indicated he wants Ramsey to remain a Jaguar. He also said he was willing to give Ramsey a record contract extension for a cornerback.
Ramsey said after a Week 2 game, in which he got in a sideline confrontation with coach Doug Marrone, that he had a problem with the team’s front office. He felt disrespected by unspecified things said after the game. He told his agent after the game he wanted a trade. He has not backed off on that request.
Ramsey wants to be traded. The owner doesn’t want to deal him. So what happens next?
Ramsey didn’t play last week
Last week was an odd one for Ramsey. He dealt with the flu, then back and hamstring injuries. He left the team to see the birth of his chid. Then he was inactive for Sunday’s game due to the injuries. Plenty wondered if Ramsey’s trade request and the injuries that kept him out of practice and last week’s game were connected.
There’s good reason the Jaguars wouldn’t want to move Ramsey. He is a top player at a premium position. The Jaguars could deal him for picks, but at 2-2 they don’t feel this season is over and Ramsey is a building block for their franchise.
Khan doesn’t want to trade Ramsey. It will be interesting to find out what Ramsey thinks about that.
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