The best player on the Jacksonville Jaguars right now is Jalen Ramsey.
Let’s be real — he’s in his third season and he’ll likely be voted into his second Pro Bowl by season’s end. He’s already got one All-Pro nod to his name. The offense is putrid at every position group presently through a combination of injuries and underwhelming play. The defense has stars in players like Marcell Dareus, Malik Jackson, Myles Jack, and A.J. Bouye.
But Ramsey has been a cut above.
According to Graham Barfield of NFL.com, he has allowed the lowest quarterback passer rating of any cornerback in the NFL when he’s the nearest defender.
Lowest passer rating allowed when the nearest defender per Next Gen Stats (among 105 qualifying CBs):— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) December 12, 2018
- Jalen Ramsey (58.6)
- Patrick Peterson (58.8)
- Kyle Fuller (60.8)
So when asked if he’s eyeing an extension this offseason, Ramsey was his normal self — gregarious, boisterous, and to the point. He wants to play for one team his entire career but he wants to be paid like one of the best at his respective position.
“Like I said, I am going to let my agent and front office handle that,” Ramsey said after Thursday practice. “After what came out five weeks ago or however many weeks ago it was — yes, I am feeling like [that]. If [the team] is serious about [trade reports] not being real then I need to make it happen. If not, maybe what came out five weeks ago will happen. We will see. I am just going to keep enjoying every day. I am blessed. Let them handle it.”
Jalen could be locked in until after the 2021 season with his rookie contract and a fifth-year option that makes him the average of the top five highest paid cornerbacks in the league.
Jalen could be rewarded for the gifted athlete he will be for the next decade and given a contract this offseason that reflects that.
Don’t f*ck this up, Jaguars.