SANTA CLARA -- The Los Angeles Rams gave up two first-round draft picks and a fourth-rounder this week to acquire cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Rams paid the exorbitant price despite Ramsey being under contract for only another one-and-a-half seasons. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who acts as his own agent, said that puts Ramsey in an incredibly favorable position in his negotiations with the 49ers' NFC West rival.
“It seems like they gave up a lot for him and it’s going to be great for him because he has a lot of leverage,” Sherman said. “I wish they would try to not pay him at this point.
“Give up two first-rounders, and it’s like, ‘Oh, we’re going to play hardball in these negotiations.’ Yeah, back up the Brinks truck to his house and call me when you’re done.”
Ramsey is under contract to play the 2020 season on the fifth-year option price of $13.7 million. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. If the Rams do not work out a contract extension, they could also keep him around on the franchise tag.