Jalen Ramsey met with the media following the Jaguars first day of mandatory minicamp. He touched on a number of topics, including leadership, his new shoe deal, and Nick Foles.
But perhaps the most important subject Ramsey addressed was his contract. He told local media that the Jaguars informed him that he would not be receiving a contract extension this year. Ramsey made it clear that he believes he's outplayed his rookie contract and deserves a new deal, but he also said: "at the end of the day, it's not the end of the world. I'm tremendously blessed. I'm so blessed. I'm not down on it or anything like that, at all."
It appears Ramsey is at peace with the decision by the team not to extend his contract this year. With 2.0's big money shoe deal with Adidas and a 2020 fifth year option slated to be worth more $13.7 million, it's easy to see why he might not be too discouraged about the status of his contract.
The Jaguars will have the opportunity to negotiate with Ramsey's representation next offseason, at which point Ramsey will likely be much more eager to get a deal done. But the Jaguars will have the leverage of the franchise tag until 2022. Still, if I were in Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell's shoes, I'd be sure to lock Ramsey up in 2020, before it becomes a more significant issue.
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