OTAs notebook: Jags' Ramsey absent, but Ngakoue shows

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Jan 25, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 25, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey remains absent from Jacksonville Jaguars offseason workouts, but defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present on Tuesday after missing workouts earlier this spring.

Ngakoue, 24, is entering a contract year -- in which he'll make $2.025 million -- after totaling 29.5 sacks through three seasons. The former third-round pick said he'll continue to participate as he seeks a new deal.

"Of course, I'm going to play," he said. "I love the game. I'm in God's hands at the end of the day. I've been playing this game my whole life and that's what I'm here to do."

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Ramsey is not expected to attend until the team's mandatory minicamp is held from June 11-13. He is working out on his own and has said he will be with the team and "ready when it's time."

--Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner is present at OTAs but will not practice, as he seeks an extension from the team entering the final year of his contract.

"It's a tricky situation," Wagner told reporters, adding that he wanted to attend as a leader of the defense. "This is a business. You get hurt, they're going to cut you."

Wagner, who turns 29 in June, is due $11.4 million in 2019, the final season of a four-year, $43 million deal. He said he intends to set a new benchmark for salary among off-ball linebackers, after C.J. Mosley joined the New York Jets on a five-year, $85 million contract in free agency in March.

--As expected, Houston Texans franchise-tagged outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney did not show for OTAs.

Clowney, who has yet to sign his $15.967 million tender, is not expected to attend even for mandatory minicamp absent a long-term extension, which the sides have until July 1 to work out.

"I have every belief and trust that JD is working on his own and getting ready for whenever he does decide to show up.," head coach Bill O'Brien said.

--Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is absent from OTAs, as expected.

Jones, who turns 25 in July, has been absent all offseason while seeking a new deal. He is due $1.2 million in 2019, the final year of his rookie deal.

Jones racked up 15.5 sacks and 29 QB hits last season, ranking third and fifth, respectively, in the NFL.

--Wideout Antonio Brown was not present for the start of Oakland Raiders OTAs.

Head coach Jon Gruden did not offer a reason for Brown's absence but did not sound concerned.

"Hopefully we'll see him here in the next couple of days," Gruden said. "He's been working extremely hard learning our offense, and really excited to get him out here."

--Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay and defensive tackle Damon Harrison were absent from OTAs, amid reports that both are interested in new contracts.

Slay, 28, has two years left on a four-year, $48.2 million extension signed in July of 2016. He is due $13 million in 2019 and $10.5 million in 2020, with cap figures of $15.9 million and $13.4 million, respectively.

Harrison, 30, was acquired for a conditional fifth-round pick from the New York Giants in October and also has two years remaining on his deal. He is due $7 million in 2019 and $9.25 million in 2020.

--Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was absent from OTAs, amid reports he is seeking a new deal.

Jenkins, 31, is due $8.4 million in 2019 and $7.9 million in 2020 before his contract expires. The safety market jumped considerably this offseason, with four players reaching at least $13.75 million annually.

"It is a voluntary program, and Malcolm is one of those guys, leader of the football team, and not concerned with him," head coach Doug Pederson said.

--Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones is absent from OTAs as he seeks a trade, ESPN reports.

The team was expected to move Jones, 24, to linebacker after signing Adrian Amos in free agency and drafting Darnell Savage in the first round last month, but Jones is reportedly not on board with the switch.

A 2017 second-round pick, Jones is under contract through 2020. He has started 12 of 29 games through two seasons, making 96 tackles and breaking up seven passes.

--Field Level Media

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