Jalen Ramsey says he won’t hold out if he can’t come to terms with Rams on an extension

The Los Angeles Rams won’t have to lose any sleep in fear of star corner Jalen Ramsey holding out until he receives a contract extension from the club. The 25-year-old, who is entering the final year of his contract, dispelled that idea during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday saying that he will report to training camp without an extension. 

“The Rams know where I stand and that’s all that matters at the end of the day,” Ramsey said, via NFL.com. “It will get handled. They have been in contact with my agent. They are on the same page. They know what’s up. I know what’s up. I’m going to let them handle that. I can’t worry about that. I can control what I can control. Everybody knew what type of situation it was going to be once they traded for me. It doesn’t need to be talked about that much. It will get handled. I will let then handle the business side of it. I will focus on football.”

Ramsey is set to make $13.7 million during this final year of his current deal and could very well set the market for his position whenever he does put pen to paper on a new contract. 

The Rams, meanwhile, are incentivized to get a deal done with Rasmey on multiple fronts. First and foremost, the team spent significant draft capital to acquire him, trading two first-rounders (2020 and 2021) and a 2021 fourth-round pick for him at the deadline last October. Given that price, the Rams hardly looked at Ramsey as a half-season rental piece and more as a franchise cornerstone going forward. If Los Angeles somehow allowed Rasmey to hit the open market and possibly slip through their fingers, it’d be one of the bigger trade busts in recent memory. That, however, seems very unlikely as the club still has the ability to place the franchise tag on him next offseason. 

The other reason a Ramsey extension could be beneficial for the Rams in the short term is that it could possibly bring down his cap hit for the 2020 season, which is his full $13.7 million salary. If they were to ink him to a longer-term deal, they could possibly lower that number and give them more room to address other areas on the roster. 

After coming over to the Rams following his three-and-a-half-year stint in Jacksonville, the club that drafted him No. 5 overall in 2016, came to a close, Ramsey started in eight of his nine games played for the Rams. The three-time Pro Bowl corner totaled 33 tackles, defended four passes, forced one fumble and recorded an interception. 

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