JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey should wait one other 12 months earlier than he will get an enormous payday.
And he is undoubtedly going to be asking for lots.
Ramsey stated after Tuesday’s necessary minicamp follow that his agent instructed him the Jaguars won’t be giving him a contract extension in 2019. Roughly an hour later, Ramsey joked on social media that he will “ask for a lot cash, they should put me on lay-away.”
“Imma ask for a lot cash, they should put me on lay-away” 😂😂😭😭
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) June 11, 2019
Ramsey, nevertheless, stated he wasn’t indignant or upset that he would not be getting an extension this season, the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract. The Jaguars picked up his fifth-year choice, which suggests he would make $13.703 million in 2020 however the contract can be assured for damage solely, and the staff may use the franchise tag in 2021.
“So long as I am part of this group, so long as I am part of Duval County, I will give town and the gamers all I’ve received, and I believe y’all know that,” Ramsey stated. “I’ve fought via accidents. I’ve fought via every part, have not missed a recreation. I believe I am in the same state of affairs as Yan [Yannick Ngakoue], as the place I really feel like I’ve outplayed my rookie contract and I really feel I’ve earned a brand new contract.
“However on the finish of the day, it is not the top of the world. I am tremendously blessed. I am so blessed. I am not down on it or something like that in any respect, however that’s the circumstance. That’s what I have been instructed.”
Ramsey, the No. 5 total decide in 2016, has made two Professional Bowls and was named a first-team All-Professional as soon as in his first three seasons. He has 9 interceptions and 44 go breakups and hasn’t missed a begin.
Discovering cash to signal each Ngakoue and Ramsey this 12 months would take some work as a result of the Jaguars have simply $9.14 million in cap area, in response to ESPN’s Roster Administration System.
Ramsey touched on a number of different subjects throughout a 12-minute information convention on the follow fields adjoining to TIAA Financial institution Discipline, together with voicing help for Ngakoue, who’s skipping the necessary three-day minicamp as a result of he is upset that he hasn’t gotten a brand new contract.
Ngakoue was a third-round decide in 2016 and has amassed 29.5 sacks and 10 pressured fumbles in three seasons. He is already third on the franchise’s all-time sack record.
“I believe Yan has earned a contract. I believe he deserves it,” Ramsey stated. “That is one thing that, you already know, his staff and the Jags should determine it out, and I hope they will determine it out as a result of I undoubtedly need him part of this staff, particularly so long as I am part of this staff. … We have constructed one thing particular. It is just a few guys who actually got here in and adjusted the tradition and made issues pop, and he is undoubtedly certainly one of them.
“Yan’s an essential piece on this staff, and he is additionally a frontrunner and I actually hope one thing will get completed. I believe he is earned it. With the brand new CBA and the way issues are arrange, some guys, they do outplay their rookie contracts as a result of they’re slotted. That is a reality. That is the reality of the matter. A pair guys are in that state of affairs, and I hope it may be resolved quickly.”
Ramsey additionally stated he hopes the criticism of linebacker Telvin Smith’s choice to take a 12 months off from soccer for private causes will cease. Ramsey is near Smith, calling him an enormous brother. They each starred on Florida State’s nationwide title staff in 2013.
“He has full help from me; he is aware of that,” Ramsey stated. “That is all I am going to say on that. I want folks would go away him alone a bit of bit. All of us love soccer dearly, after all, however that isn’t every part. Yeah, I am going to simply say that. It isn’t every part. He has a life. He is having fun with himself. He is getting proper, doing what he feels is correct, in the proper thoughts body. I simply need everyone — Jags followers, teammates, gamers, whoever — I would like everyone to be supportive and I do know I undoubtedly am.”