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Jalen Ramsey‘s future in Jacksonville is up for debate.
“Jalen Ramsey is slowly but surely forcing the Jaguars into considering a blockbuster trade this offseason, league sources told ESPN. One league source said he ‘absolutely’ believes the Jaguars will entertain the idea of trading Ramsey, while another NFL general manager said he would not be surprised if that’s the route the Jaguars decide to pursue.”
The Jaguars denied those rumors in a statement on Sunday morning, however, noting they have “zero intention of trading CB Jalen Ramsey. There is no truth to this rumor.”
Ramsey himself stirred the rumor pot with a cryptic tweet this week:
He later addressed that post, however, saying it was directed at the “fake” and negative fans in the wake of the team’s disappointing 3-6 start (h/t Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com):
“If that’s what people want to do or if that’s how people feel, then it’s certain people, like y’all going to miss … we bring some good things. And, yeah, we slipped up here recently. Not executed and played like we know we can. But, like whoever, the fake fans, if y’all [the media], whoever, if y’all want to jump ship, then, look, it is what it is.
“But y’all going to miss us when we either gone or when stuff back popping. We don’t want y’all no more.”
He also said he isn’t interested in leaving Jacksonville.
“I’ve said multiple times, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again that I want to play for one team my whole career,” Ramsey added.
Nonetheless, Schefter noted that Ramsey’s “behavior has caught the attention of his team.”
The 24-year-old Ramsey, parallel to the Jaguars’ struggles, has had a bit of a down season himself, earning a 69.3 grade from Pro Football Focus (36th among cornerbacks). He’s registered 30 tackles and an interception this year.
Nonetheless, it’s hard to imagine the Jaguars cutting ties with a player like Ramsey, who has proved to be one of the NFL’s most dominant defensive players already in his young career.