Jalen Ramsey arrived at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp this season in an armored truck full of cash. The Houston Texans should pay that, and more, to snag him from their division rival.
Over the course of the Houston Texans short existence, a consistent playmaker in the secondary has been something that the team has been lacking. Last season, the team added Tyrann Mathieu and he did well playing all over the field before moving on over to Kansas City.
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After being drafted fifth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Ramsey was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team. In 2017, Ramsey earned All-Pro honors along with selections to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and 2018.
The Texans have not had a defensive back named to the All-Pro team in their history. Two defensive backs have made the Pro Bowl for the franchise and they were Joseph in ’11 and ’12 and Aaron Glenn in 2002, the first season of the Texans.
It is reported that two teams have made offers to the Jaguars for the All-Pro cornerback. One of those offers a 2020 first rounder and 2021 fifth rounder, and the other offer is a 2020 first rounder and a player. The Jaguars have said that it would take at least a first round pick, but with the price the Steelers just paid for Minkah Fitzpatrick they are likely to want even more.
Considering the impact that Ramsey has on the game, the Texans would be smart to make the move and pay the price that the Jaguars are asking.
First round pick?
Well, the Texans can’t do that as they just moved the next two first rounders to acquire Laremy Tunsil.
Let’s regroup, I’m sure there is a way to get this done.
So, the Texans do have a second round pick for the ’20 draft. Maybe the Texans can convince the Jaguars that it’s in their best interest to move Ramsey for the sake of the locker room and their season.
Yeah, probably not.
Obviously, the Texans are not in a position to meet the price that the Jaguars are asking for. This is a bit of beating a dead horse in discussing the idea that the team didn’t seem to assess value properly in several trades this offseason.
There is no guarantee that if they still had those assets they would be interested in bringing in Ramsey, or that the Jaguars would want to send him to a team in their division. The perception of overpaying and underselling has certainly removed the opportunity for the team to add an elite player.
What happens with Ramsey is very important for the Texans. Even with it being extremely unlikely that they have an opportunity to acquire him, Ramsey being traded could mean that they would not have to face him twice a year. With the Jaguars already having picked up his fifth-year option, it is likely that he is moved, and likely signs an extension with his new team.
There is always hope that the Jaguars are so fed up with him this upcoming offseason that they cut their losses and release him to save the over $13 million in cap space.
That would give the Texans an opportunity to sign him on the open market. Though, not likely, as close to impossible as impossible can be, but crazier things have happened.