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NFL rumors: Here's the 'most likely target date' for a Jalen Ramsey trade

NFL rumors: Here's the 'most likely target date' for a Jalen Ramsey trade

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey reportedly requested a trade earlier this week, but it doesn't sound like he'll be dealt before his team's Thursday night matchup with the Tennessee Titans.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday an update on Ramsey's situation, and he also noted a potential date for when a trade could materialize.

Ramsey is one of the league's best cornerbacks, and Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 2 at the position (behind New England Patriots star Stephon Gilmore) entering the 2019 season. He's also just 24 years old.

There are several teams that should consider making a play for Ramsey.

The Kansas City Chiefs come to mind pretty quickly. KC's pass defense was the reason it failed to beat the New England Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game. Although the Chiefs defense as a whole improved over the offseason with the additions of Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu, it's probably still not talented or deep enough to slow down a Patriots passing attack that just added an elite wide receiver in Antonio Brown.

The Patriots don't really need Ramsey. They have a shutdown cornerback in Stephon Gilmore, and the rest of the secondary is loaded with top-tier talent and impressive depth. That said, they didn't need to sign Brown, either, and if the Patriots really want to load up their roster to maximize the rest of Tom Brady's career, a move for Ramsey makes some sense. Acquiring Ramsey also would provent him from improving the defense of a rival.

A couple other contenders that could use an upgrade at cornerback include the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.

Ramsey is an elite player and doesn't have a huge salary because he's still on his rookie contract, so there's no excuse for the Jaguars not to acquire an impressive package of draft picks and/or players if they do decide to trade the star cornerback.

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NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

NFL Power Rankings: How the AFC stacks up after Week 6

I’ve always felt Columbus Day is the general line of demarcation in an NFL season. The sample size has gotten big enough so that teams know what’s an actual strength or weakness and not a false positive. Nobody’s a finished product by any stretch but this next stretch between now and Thanksgiving is when reality kicks in for pretty much everyone. For a lot of teams in the AFC, it already has.

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

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Patriots work out free agent receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins ahead of Week 7

Ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Jets, the Patriots reportedly worked out free agent wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, according to Howard Balzer.

Adeboyejo, a 6'3, 197-pound wideout from Ole Miss, went undrafted in 2017 and spent a season on the Ravens practice squad before getting waived with a non-football injury designation.

He then caught on with the Jets late in training camp this year but was cut nine days after he signed. Adeboyejo played four seasons at Ole Miss, totaling over 1,400 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season was his junior year in 2015, where he caught 38 passes for 604 yards and seven touchdowns. He did run a 4.43 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine, so if the Patriots are looking for a speed threat on the outside, he could theoretically stretch a defense. 

Pipkins is another undrafted free agent from the 2017 NFL Draft. The 25-year-old corner played three seasons at the University of Louisiana Monroe before he transferred to Oklahoma State for his final collegiate season. 

Pipkins then spent the 2017 season on the Packers and recorded six tackles in his debut. He was then traded to the Colts, released and claimed off waivers by the Lions, waived again and then signed with the Browns practice squad at the end of the 2018 season. Pipkins was cut by the Browns at the end of this year's training camp. 

It's unlikely the Patriots sign either player, but they do have a need at wide receiver and Bill Belichick has a history of snagging former Browns players, so they're at least doing their due diligence to possibly find another diamond in the rough. 

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