Should the Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey?
What a question.
As you probably know by now, Jalen Ramsey's agent requested a trade following Sunday's loss to the Texans. After the Texans' first scoring drive, Jalen Ramsey and Doug Marrone laid into each other on the sideline. The screaming match seemed to stem from Doug Marrone not challenging a play that was ruled a catch on the field for DeAndre Hopkins. Ramsey was in coverage on the fateful play and didn't believe Hopkins came down with the ball.
Regardless of whether the play should have been challenged or not, there's no excuse for a player and coach getting into it like that on the sideline. The two had to be physically separated twice.
Now that 2.0 has made it clear he wants out, should the Jaguars give in to his demands? Or should they hold on to the best player they've had in over a decade?
Let's take a look.
There's no debate as to Ramsey's ability on the field. He's the best cornerback in the game. He limited DeAndre Hopkins, who is widely viewed as one of the three best wide receivers in the world, to just four catches on seven targets for 27 yards. His physicality is unparalleled at his position. And he's been shutting down the best receivers in football since entering the league. In his fourth season as a pro, Ramsey has made the Pro Bowl twice and been named first-team All-Pro. The sky is the limit for the Jaguars' young star.
Ramsey does come with plenty of baggage, but not the usual kind. He hasn't gotten in trouble off the field. But he's made comments throughout his tenure in Jacksonville that suggests a me-first mentality. That's the nature of the beast today. Many players in the modern age of football are more concerned with their own brand than that of the team they are on.
It appears that the relationship between Jalen Ramsey and the Jaguars' coaching staff and front office is beyond repair. Otherwise, why would this trade request have gone public?
If that's the case, then we have to look at what the Jaguars could potentially get in return for Ramsey. On Monday night the Steelers agreed to send a first-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and a 2021 sixth-round pick to the Dolphins in exchange for Minkah Fitzpatrick, a fourth-round pick, and a 2021 seventh-round pick. Fitzpatrick isn't the same caliber of player as Jalen Ramsey — yet — but that's likely the type of deal the Jaguars are being offered as you read this.
Is that enough? If I were running the Jaguars' front office (I'm not), I'd be looking for more than that. The Jaguars need to win now. Otherwise, Dave Caldwell, Doug Marrone, and perhaps even Tom Coughlin can kiss their jobs goodbye. Trading an asset that will help you win games right now, for a bunch of future draft capital doesn't make sense for a regime that's hanging on by a thread. Trading for draft capital and a player that could help the Jaguars win this season makes a lot more sense.
I'd rather hang on to Jalen and cut bait with Doug Marrone personally. Don't get me wrong; I like Doug Marrone. But Marrone is, at best, a middle of the road head coach. His coaching hasn't been the catalyst for the Jaguars' successes. Choosing to keep Marrone, a guy who has gone 2-12 his last 14 games as the Jaguars' head coach, over one of the top players in franchise history doesn't make sense.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the Jaguars should trade Jalen Ramsey? Fire their coach?
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