The Branches of Los Angeles could continue his roster overhaul after a disastrous 5-12 season by cutting ties with another defensive star.
Jalen Ramsey has been the focus of recent trade talks and is expected to be dealt as the Rams look to create cap space, NFL Network reported Friday. The Pro Bowl cornerback will make $17 million in the third year of his five-year, $105 million deal. Trading Ramsey before June 1 would only save $5.6 million against the cap while bringing in a dead cap hit of $19.6 million, according to OverTheCap.
Friday’s news comes just one day after the Rams and Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner mutually agreed to separate. Los Angeles entered the offseason roughly $14 million over the cap.
Ramsey only offered a cryptic response to the report on Twitter and a separate post five laughing emojis.
“The ‘story’ sounds better than the truth sometimes I admit…”, Ramsey wrote. “I live in the truth, though. God is so great! I am blessed and greatly favored!”
The 28-year-old cornerback first hinted at his possible exit the day after the Rams’ season ended, but tweet a video and pictures of the team’s loss to the Seahawks with the caption: “It is what it is! It was what it was! If this is the end, I went out with a BANG! Still!”
Earlier this week, Ramsey responded to a rumor on Twitter about a possible trade with the Lions by writing: “Lol much love to [Jared Goff] & [Amon-Ra St. Brown] … I did everything I could to get you to the playoffs this year. I won’t comment on my future though. We will see [laughing emoji].”
In 2022, Ramsey earned his sixth Pro Bowl nomination after recording career highs in tackles (88), sacks (two), passes defensed (18) and forced fumbles (three) while tying for a his career with four interceptions.
The Rams traded for Ramsey during the 2019 season, acquiring him from the Jacksonville Jaguars for two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick. Ramsey earned a first-team All-Pro nomination in his first two full seasons in Los Angeles and helped the Rams win Super Bowl LVI.
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