The NFL is beginning to feel like the NBA with all of the player movement. Players are starting to flex their power and use it to get bigger contracts or move to a new team. Welcome to a new era. Just this week, Minkah Fitzpatrick got himself out of Miami and into Pittsburgh because he was unhappy with the way he was being deployed. Now, Jalen Ramsey could be the next big name on the move.
In the Jaguars 13-12 loss to the Texans, Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone got into a sideline spat. Ramsey appeared to shove Marrone and the two were screaming at each other until some players broke it up. After the game, the Pro Bowl cornerback requested a trade. With a contract set to expire after the 2020 season and the ability to be the best cornerback in the game, Ramsey will be a hot commodity, but an expensive one.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At first glance, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might seem like a ludicrous landing spot for Ramsey. They’ve spent a ton of draft capital on defensive backs and they aren’t considered contenders. Despite the majority of the media believing the Buccaneers aren’t contenders, they seem to be in a bit of a win-now mode with Bruce Arians at the helm. Keep in mind they’re coming off a road win over the Panthers and the Saints just lost Drew Brees for the next few weeks to an injury. The Buccaneers could go all-in on this season and the near future with Arians and make the move for Ramsey. They certainly have the artillery to pull off a trade.
One thing Ramsey wants is to be used in man-to-man coverage more frequently. The Jaguars have him playing a lot of zone. He wants to be a true top cornerback and shadow top wide receivers. Todd Bowles is a highly respected defensive coordinator who would give him that opportunity. Bowles plays man coverage far more than Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash. Schematically, the Buccaneers check the box for Ramsey. They’re also a younger team that is growing under Arians while also trying to contend. They’d be willing to give him the long-term deal he’s seeking and they’re projected to have over $60 million in cap space in 2020.
The big question is what is Ramsey worth and what can the Buccaneers give up to get him? There have been murmurs about potentially moving tight end OJ Howard in a deal for Ramsey. Howard has the tools to be a Pro Bowl tight end, but the Buccaneers have never consistently gotten him involved. Arians has also criticized his play already this season. Meanwhile, the Jaguars have been desperate to find a go-to tight end. If they packaged Howard with a first-round pick and one of their young cornerbacks for Ramsey and a Day 2 pick, it’s not an unrealistic deal.