PHILADELPHIA — Jacksonville Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is obtainable by way of commerce. The Tremendous Bowl hopeful Philadelphia Eagles want a shot within the arm on protection. Eagles normal supervisor Howie Roseman is among the many most aggressive deal-makers within the NFL.
What do you get once you add all these issues collectively? A scenario value exploring.
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The Eagles have been doing their homework on Ramsey, in line with sources. The identical was true with Minkah Fitzpatrick, who on Monday was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round decide plus some later-round decide swaps.
Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen on Monday that he has requested the Jaguars to commerce his shopper. League sources additionally instructed ESPN the Jaguars have had talks with groups and are asking for at the very least one first-round decide however would really like greater than that in return for the two-time Professional Bowl cornerback.
It mustn’t come as a shock Philadelphia is exhibiting some degree of curiosity. As Roseman stated this month when Jadeveon Clowney was in the marketplace, “Anybody who is obtainable at any degree, whether or not they’re on the waiver wire or whether or not they’re obtainable by way of commerce, I promise we glance into.”
There’s purpose to assume that is greater than only a passing look. Cornerback is a precedence place, and the early returns this season recommend the Eagles may use some assist. Ronald Darby is coming off an ACL harm and has been focused 17 occasions over two video games, fifth most within the league, in line with Professional Soccer Focus. He has made some performs but additionally has additionally given up his share. Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas have been splitting snaps on the alternative aspect, with combined success. The secondary has yielded six touchdowns via the air on the younger season.
Ramsey would instantly enhance the scenario, giving Philly probably the most impactful corners within the sport. The Eagles (1-1) are in win-now mode, and may see that an improve is important to greatest place themselves for a title cost. Ramsey, 24, is scheduled to make a complete of about $17 million in base wage over the subsequent two seasons. Different prime gamers at his place are averaging $14-15 million per 12 months, so he represents good worth.
Nonetheless, it will not be lengthy earlier than Ramsey is searching for a megadeal. And any workforce that trades for him should determine whether or not the funding is definitely worth the occasional headache that comes with a participant similar to Ramsey, who has a fame of being excessive upkeep.
Philadelphia additionally has to weigh its want to stockpile picks and construct up younger, inexpensive expertise to encompass quarterback Carson Wentz with for future years versus the urgency to capitalize on a golden likelihood within the right here and now. How the size suggestions will dictate whether or not the Eagles set off on a scorching pursuit.