Should Baltimore Ravens make a trade for Jalen Ramsey?
There’s a ton of drama going on in the NFL right now with the latest being Jalen Ramsey demanding a trade. Are the Baltimore Ravens potential suitors?
Talents like Jadeveon Clowney, Laremy Tunsil, and Minkah Fitzpatrick are being traded away or in trade talks for quite some time now. The NFL is getting crazy about trading superstars and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before. It’s exciting, it’s new, and it’s creating an arms race to win Super Bowls. Well, it appears that Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is also placing his name on the market.
Ramsey is supremely talented, perhaps the best at his position. At just 24-years old (turns 25 in October), Ramsey is in the prime of his career and can turn any team’s secondary into a strength. The price for his services will be extraordinarily high, likely costing a minimum of a first round pick. This makes teams that are competing now the most likely to call. Well, should the Baltimore Ravens pick up the phone and examine his market value? Absolutely. There is a catch, however.
Right now, the Ravens secondary is the team’s strength with Earl Thomas and Marlon Humphrey leading the charge. The team’s depth has been hurt, however, due to injuries to cornerbacks Tavon Young and Jimmy Smith. Adding Jalen Ramsey to this group would be almost unfair to the rest of the NFL. Seems like an open-and-shut case then, right?
Well, there’s a few things to consider. First, Ramsey is a loud individual and brings the media wherever he goes. Maybe some fans want some more attention, but the Baltimore Ravens have always preferred to be a team overlooked by the press.
Jalen Ramsey is also in his fourth-season, meaning he has just one more year before he’s a free agent. Baltimore could easily win a championship in that window, but it will be hard to justify moving a bounty of picks for two-seasons worth of a cornerback, no matter how good they are. In the meantime, the team has plenty of other players to pay such as Ronnie Stanley that should take precedence over Ramsey.
Coming from someone who had Jalen Ramsey as the best player available in the 2016 NFL Draft class and wanted Baltimore to get him more than anyone, it’s hard to say no to this possibility. Adding the caliber player that Ramsey is to this Ravens defense would put them on the verge of generational status. I mean, they would be nigh impossible to throw on, combined with awesome swagger and play-making ability. Sadly, I believe it’s best for the Baltimore Ravens to do their research and then back out of the “Jalen Ramsey Sweepstakes.”
Of course adding Jalen Ramsey is enticing and should be something that the Baltimore Ravens should look into. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of tangled knots involved with the move and it may be in the Ravens best interest to watch this process from a distance.