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Jalen Ramsey trade rumors: These teams have made 'substantive inquiries'

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Jalen Ramsey trade rumors: These teams have made 'substantive inquiries'

Jalen Ramsey is the hottest name when it comes to NFL trade rumors right now, and even though the Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback is expected to be active for Thursday night's game, he could be on a different team come Week 4.

ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Thursday an update on Ramsey's situation, and she listed several teams that have made "substantive inquiries" on the star cornerback.

The New England Patriots weren't mentioned above, but two of their top competitors in the AFC were listed. 

The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens both need a shutdown corner, and acquiring Ramsey would bolster both teams' defense quite a bit. The road to the Super Bowl in the AFC goes through the Patriots, and specifically Tom Brady's offense. The Chiefs showed last season they couldn't slow down Brady's passing attack when it mattered most. Kansas City gave 80 points to New England in two matchups in 2018, including a 37-31 loss in the AFC Championship Game.

The Ravens lost a few key pieces from their defense over the offseason, including linebacker C.J. Mosley. Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson has exceeded expectations early in his second season, and if he continues to win games and develop, Baltimore would be wise to consider moving up their timetable and make moves to contend right now.

There's no question a Ramsey trade could significantly alter the balance of power in either conference depending on which team trades for him -- assuming the Jaguars do make a move. He's a 24-year-old cornerback that Pro Football Focus ranked as the second-best player at the position entering the 2019 season.

Every legitimate Super Bowl contender should seriously consider trying to acquire Ramsey. For the Chiefs, in particular, it's a no-brainer.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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