Jalen Ramsey trade: Jaguars deal cornerback to Rams for draft picks

ramseybetterusatsi.jpg
USATSI

Jalen Ramsey trade: Jaguars deal cornerback to Rams for draft picks

The 49ers really messed with the Rams' heads.

In the wake of Los Angeles' 20-7 loss to San Francisco in Week 6, the Rams first traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, and then made an even bigger move.

The Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams in exchange for two first-round and one fourth-round draft pick.

[RELATED: Why gap between 49ers, Rams won't close after Ramsey trade]

Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the game, and has widely been rumored to be on the trade block ever since getting into a sideline confrontation with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone in Week 2.

The All-Pro cornerback got his wish and got out of Jacksonville. The 49ers will see him in Week 16 when the Rams visit Levi's Stadium.

Why Rams' Jalen Ramsey trade will not close growing gap behind 49ers

Why Rams' Jalen Ramsey trade will not close growing gap behind 49ers

Two days after the unbeaten 49ers sent the Los Angeles Rams to their third consecutive loss, the two-time defending NFC West champions reacted.

The Rams traded away cornerback Marcus Peters -- who intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo in the end zone Sunday and acquired linebacker Kenny Young and a fifth-round draft pick. Then, the Rams put the finishing touches on a trade to acquire disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Rams sent first-round picks in 2020 and ’21 to Jacksonville, along with a fourth-round selection in ’21.

When Ramsey asked for a trade last month, the 49ers were not interested in paying the price, NBC Sports Bay Area reported. General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan were not willing to give up the high draft picks, coupled with the big contract that Ramsey will be seeking when his contract expires.

Ramsey is a great player, of course. He scheduled to make $13.7 million in 2020, the final year of his deal. The Rams are parting ways with two first-round draft picks for a player they have under contract for only one-and-a-half seasons.

If the 49ers’ 20-7 win over the Rams on Sunday showed anything, it’s that the Rams need a lot of help in front of quarterback Jared Goff. The 49ers’ defensive line thoroughly overmatched the Los Angeles offensive line. Goff looked shaken and unsteady. The Rams managed just 48 net passing yards.

The Rams have an obvious need on their offensive line -- especially with Andrew Whitworth, a 14-year veteran, lining up at left tackle. This could be the end of the road for him.

With the college game producing a dearth of offensive linemen, any team that needs help at tackle must invest a high draft pick to get a talented player at that position.

Los Angeles made the decision to acquire one of the league’s best cornerbacks for the next one-and-a-half seasons at the expense of, potentially, beefing up their offensive line with a player who could provide a counter-balance to the 49ers’ strength on the defensive line.

Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead have reason to be excited about facing this collection of Rams offensive linemen for a while.

[RELATED: 49ers' Breida impressed by defense in win against Rams]

Can Ramsey cover tight end George Kittle? That’s about the only way Ramsey can help the Rams in head-to-head matchups against the 49ers. After all, it does not really make a difference at this point with the 49ers' offense if Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin or Deebo Samuel are held to low numbers.

Lynch and Shanahan have put together a long-term plan designed at doing their best to ensure the 49ers can remain competitive on a yearly basis. This trade by an NFC West opponent is a big step toward them achieving that goal.

NFL rumors: Chiefs seen as favorites to land Jalen Ramsey in trade

ramseychiefs.jpg
USATSI

NFL rumors: Chiefs seen as favorites to land Jalen Ramsey in trade

Jalen Ramsey is an elite, game-changing talent. A guy who alters the entire way you play defense by virtue of his ability to negate some of the best receivers in the NFL. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars' star cornerback recently requested a trade, and a host of teams already have checked in to gauge the price it would cost to obtain the Florida State product.

As far as game-changing talents go, the Raiders could use one. After losing Antonio Brown, they have some really talented players, but no one on that level. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, electric wide receiver Tyreek Hill and All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce. Those dynamic playmakers are the reason the Chiefs have separated themselves as the class of the AFC West, and they aren't done. 

The Chiefs, who were one defensive stop away from the Super Bowl last season, reportedly tried to trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick, who wound up being dealt to the Steelers, and are seen as the favorites to swing a trade for Ramsey, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday, citing league sources.

The Jaguars don't have to trade Ramsey immediately or at all. He played Thursday night in the Jags' win over the Titans, and there currently is no trade in the works, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

The price for Ramsey is high, per La Canfora, with the Jags asking for two first-round draft picks. But general managers told La Canfora they expect the Jags to receive a first-round pick, a second-round pick and a young player.

While the Chiefs, Eagles and Ravens are seen as possible destinations, the Raiders are expected to be involved in the talks as well and should do what they can to keep Ramsey away from their division rivals and put him in silver and black instead. Ramsey has bottled up Hill early in his career, so acquiring him not only would keep the Chiefs from obtaining another elite player but would give the Raiders a weapon to counteract one of the Chiefs' biggest threats. 

It's a win-win.

[RELATED: Why Raiders need to show restraint in Jalen Ramsey pursuit]

If the Chiefs acquire Ramsey, that could spell doom for the Raiders and the rest of the AFC West.

The NFL trade deadline isn't until the end of October, but if the Jaguars wait, they risk Ramsey being injured on Sundays while he continues to play for them.

Expect one team to put down an offer to land Ramsey soon.