Report: Jalen Ramsey Not Playing vs. Saints Was Final Straw for Jacksonville
Reports for weeks were that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan did not want to trade his former star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, and for obvious reasons.
Khan said in an interview last week that he expected Ramsey to play for Jacksonville in Week 6 against the New Orleans Saints after the two had a "heart-to-heart" talk. But as we know now, Ramsey was inactive for his third consecutive game with what he and the team reported as a back injury.
Two days after Ramsey didn't play vs. the Saints, the All-Pro cornerback was dealt to the Los Angeles Rams for first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.
And according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. it was the fact that he didn't play vs. the Saints that was the final straw for Khan and the Jaguars, who then begrudgingly traded their disgruntled player.
But after three doctors cleared Ramsey to return from his back injury, and after a meeting last week with Ramsey that left the Jaguars' owner under the impression that his star cornerback would play Oct. 13 against the New Orleans Saints, Khan was highly disappointed when he didn't, league sources told ESPN.
Schefter said it was after this incident that Khan gave executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell to trade Ramsey as long as they found a good deal.
Schefter also said the Jaguars were initially seeking two first-round picks along with a third-round pick, but they eventually came down on their price and struck a deal with the Rams.
The Rams were not the only team in it for Ramsey, as Schefter also reported the Philadelphia Eagles were in contact with the Jaguars but they were not willing to deal multiple first-round picks like the Rams were.
It is not surprising that it took the Saints incident for Khan to greenlight a deal to ship Ramsey out of Jacksonville. Khan put himself into public light and made a grand statement based off of his conversation with Ramsey, and was then spurned when it came to Sunday.