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.”
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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.
The 49ers' much-improved defense has plenty of star power, but so do their rivals in Los Angeles after a blockbuster trade Tuesday.
The Rams traded three draft picks -- two first-rounders and one fourth-rounder -- to the Jacksonville Jaguars for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, giving LA two of the NFL's best players at their respective positions when you remember that
defensive tackle defensive lineman force of nature Aaron Donald also plies his trade in Tinseltown.
It'd be difficult to find two players on the same defense better than Ramsey and Donald, so ESPN's "SportsCenter" account asked on Twitter if there is a better duo of defensive cornerstones around the NFL. The problem, according to 49ers safety Marcell Harris? There are nine other players on a defense.
Harris has a point. Star power only can get you so far in the NFL -- even at historically important positions like quarterback or edge rusher -- because of the league's commitment to parity above all else. When it comes to the NBA, a team with the two best players on the court wins in the regular season and playoffs more often than not.
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While this is not necessarily Harris' gripe, the 49ers have a strong case to have a duo under consideration. Whether pairing defensive lineman DeForest Buckner and edge rusher Nick Bosa or swapping out one for one of linebackers Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner, San Francisco has a few cornerstones in its front seven. It's that group that made the Ramsey trade a head-scratcher to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, who argued that the Rams' offensive line should have been a bigger concern than their secondary, considering the 49ers' success in Week 6.
Still, Ramsey and Donald are as good as what they do as just about anyone else in the NFL. The 49ers will get their first look at them in the same defense in Week 16 at Levi's Stadium, and they'll see firsthand whether the duo's dominance lifts the rest of the Rams' defense.
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.
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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.