Doing an audit on the Jacksonville Jaguars after the Jalen Ramsey trade and seeing if it affects the Tennessee Titans.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made the decision to get rid of their best player in exchange for two 1st round draft picks, but should the Tennessee Titans be more or less afraid of them going forward?
While Ramsey’s last appearance against the Titans saw him get burned for a 50-yard Tajae Sharpe bomb from Marcus Mariota, the result was a massacre thanks in large part to an inept offensive line coached by Keith Carter giving up 9 sacks.
However, there is no denying that when Ramsey is locked in he is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL bar none. Not to mention, he will turn 25 years old in a few weeks.
So why would the Jacksonville Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey? Well, most importantly because he didn’t want to be there anymore and who can blame him really? Part of the reason why he didn’t want to be there is because it seems like for the longest time the Jaguars didn’t want to pay him the massive deal that he wanted.
However, the reason the Jaguars finally signed off on the deal is because the Los Angeles Rams decided to give them two 1st round picks, one in 2020 and the other in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Some people like our own John Lowell saw this coming a mile away when the Rams seemed to give away Marcus Peters for peanuts.
Still, it was a surprise to me to see the massive return that they got for a guy who is about to sign a blockbuster deal and who was actively sitting out games because he didn’t want to play with the Jags.
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So, should the Titans be concerned? I don’t really think so.
First of all, the Jaguars are in a really bad spot long term. Next year they are already $20 million over the cap, and that include:
-Not having Jalen Ramsey
-Not paying Yannick Ngakoue
–Keelan Cole as a free agent
Unless they are going to let Ngakoue walk, cut Andrew Norwell and cut Calais Campbell, I don’t know a way that they are going to get under that cap without giving away some players or without cutting several starters.
So, while the Jaguars have an extra first each year, they are going to be too busy replacing starters with rookies to take full advantage of those picks.
It also should be noted that the Rams are probably going to pick in the 20s at least. In case you didn’t know, I tweeted a helpful list of players that the Jaguars have drafted in the 1st round over the last decade or so including the ONE player that they drafted outside of the top-10.
So if I am doing the quick math, that is 12 picks and 10 of them are busts. Josh Allen looks solid and they just traded away their other non-bust in Ramsey, so that means that they are going to have to do a better job of drafting than they have at any point in franchise history if they are going to make that deal work.
I don’t know what this team will look like next year for the Tennessee Titans, but if they can actually hire some good coaches and get more out of the offense while getting the same dominance from the defense then the good news is that the Jaguars will be without their best player and potentially without their top four or five players thanks to this trade and poor cap management.