The Rams have been shedding assets at a rapid pace and the latest move sends one of the league's top cornerbacks to Miami. Jalen Ramsey was the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft, was pivotal to the Rams' Super Bowl run just two seasons ago and is still on the right side of 30 years old. A tough piece to lose for LA, but a mighty big gain for the Dolphins.
The Rams are reported to get back a third round pick in the deal for Ramsey who is still has three years left on his 5 year, 100 million dollar deal. The cap hits for Ramsey staying on the Rams exceeded $25 million this year and next so clearly Los Angeles made this decision with their pocketbooks instead of their playbooks.
The former Florida State Seminole had an immediate impact at the NFL level becoming a shutdown corner his rookie season for a terrible Jaguars team. He was named to the NFL's All-Rookie team but it was his sophomore season where Ramsey placed his jersey in the rafters.
In 2017 he was a starter in the Pro Bowl, was a first team All-Pro and guided his Jaguars defense on an improbable AFC Championship run. Voted 17th in the player-led NFL's Top 100 list, Ramsey had gained the admiration of both peers and media alike.
He also gained a bit of a reputation. Talking trash is a common trait amongst NFL defensive backs but in November of 2017 he was thrown out of a game for fighting with Bengals receiver AJ Brown. The aggressive attitude wore thin on his then coach Doug Marrone and during a Week 2 loss in 2019, the two had to be physically separated on the sidelines. It wasn't long after that that Ramsey was traded out of Duval County.
In 2019 the Rams sent two first round picks and a fourth round pick to Jacksonville in exchange for Jalen Ramsey, with hopes this move would send their defense over the top to compete for a title.
After a contract extension in 2020 that made Ramsey the highest paid defensive back in NFL history, Jalen ripped off two straight First Team All-Pro selections and helped the Rams defeat Joe Burrow's Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.
During the AWFUL 2022 Rams season, Ramsey was a lone bright spot. Combining for 88 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Now he takes his talents elsewhere, with hopes of returning to postseason prominence.
The Dolphins were feisty last season with a revamped offense thanks to a major offseason trade. Now, the defense gets some love. Ramsey can still lock down one side of the field and also brings a swagger that matches Miami's personality perfectly. Is this, plus a hopefully healthy Tua season, enough to dethrone the Bills and hold off the probably Rodgers led Jets?
However it turns out, this was an aggresive move by a smart front office for very little draft capital. Love the trade for Miami.
For LA... not so much.
Grade: A- (Miami) D+ (LAR)