The Los Angeles Rams weren't done dealing after two trades on Tuesday and saved their biggest deal for last.
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey was traded to the team as part of a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to USA TODAY Sports' Jori Epstein. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.
The Jaguars will receive first-round picks in 2020 and 2021, as well as a fourth-round pick in 2021.
The move completes the reshaping of the Rams' secondary after the team traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. Fellow starting cornerback Aqib Talib was also placed on injured reserve with a rib injury.
The Rams also acquired offensive lineman Austin Corbett from the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday.
pic.twitter.com/LsTCZuusut — Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) October 15, 2019 The deal ends a standoff between Ramsey and the Jaguars that reached a head this season when the two-time Pro Bowl selection requested a trade after a 13-12 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 2. Ramsey and coach Doug Marrone had a heated confrontation on the sideline, and he later said on Uninterrupted's "17 Weeks" podcast that he had an upsetting discussion with Jacksonville management in which "some disrespectful things were said on their end."
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Ramsey has missed the Jaguars' last three games. He returned home in Week 4 for the birth of his second child, and he has also has been recovering from a back injury, though he returned to practice last week. Jaguars owner Shad Khan last week he had a "heart-to-heart" with Ramsey and expected the standout defender to return against the New Orleans Saints, but the cornerback was among the team's inactive players.
For the Rams, the acquisition is the latest in a bold line of trades by general manager Les Snead, who in recent years has also landed outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. and wide receiver Brandin Cooks, as well as Peters and Talib. Though the Rams have repeatedly given up draft capital to acquire players — the team now is set now to have a first-round pick for five consecutive years — Ramsey's acquisition is undoubtedly the priciest.
At 3-3, Los Angeles is looking to push its way back into contention in the NFC after dropping its last three games and falling behind the Seattle Seahawks (5-1) and San Francisco 49ers (5-0) in their division. In two of their defeats, the Rams allowed a combined eight touchdown passes to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston and Seahawks' Russell Wilson.
Ramsey has one year remaining on his contract.
The Rams face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, while the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Cincinnati Bengals.Pro Sports DailyOctober 15, 2019
Jalen Ramsey is a member of the Los Angeles Rams. That much is true after the disgruntled cornerback was dealt to them on Tuesday in exchange for two first-round picks (2020 and 2021) and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
The cornerback will certainly have something to talk about with Jared Goff, especially after he had a bunch to say about him just last season. In an interview with GQ where he shares his thoughts on just about every NFL quarterback, Ramsey commented on Goff’s game.
“Jared Goff, he’s average to above average,” Ramsey said. “He reminds me of Jimmy Garoppolo a little bit. Year one, he wasn’t good. He wasn’t even good enough to earn his own starting role. Like, if you the number one pick, you expected to start now. Period. He wasn’t ready to do that. He wasn’t able to do that. Then when he did get in, he didn’t really do that good.”
To be fair, Goff was not good in his first season, but he rebounded nicely to lead the team to a Super Bowl birth, even though he played terribly.
“But in his second year, they got a new offensive coordinator. Your offensive coordinator is just your Brainiac,” Ramsey continued. “When we played them, it felt like his offensive coordinator was drawing up perfect plays and then he was hitting the open man. For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he’s good.”Total Pro SportsOctober 15, 2019
The Rams traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday for linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick.
The move shakes up a Rams team that has lost three games in a row and opens the door for a possible trade deadline pursuit of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The trade deadline is Oct. 29.
The Rams also traded an undisclosed 2021 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for offensive lineman Austin Corbett.Pro Sports DailyOctober 15, 2019
Antonio Brown made another stop on his roadtrip to obscurity Tuesday morning. The 31-year-old unemployed wide receiver who would repotedly like to get back on a football field for an NFL team sent out a tweet that read “Free AB.” According to ESPN, sources tell them that Brown has continued to train and hopes resolve his many off-field issues so he can have his playing status restored in the next few weeks so he can sign with an NFL team. Brown is currently involved in five reported lawsuits, including a new one that was re-filed against him in Flordia by the woman who accussed him of sexual assault and essentially led to his release from the New England Patriots after just one game.Pro Sports DailyOctober 15, 2019
Oakland’s loss will be New England’s gain, as the Patriots have agreed to terms with freshly cut wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and other media reports. Per Schefter, the deal is worth up to $15 million, and comes with a $9 million signing bonus. The Raiders released the 31-year-old Brown just hours after Brown went to Instagram demanding that Oakland release him from his contract.98.5 Sports HubSeptember 7, 2019
The internet has been buzzing about Jay-Z’s deal with the NFL. The rapper’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, recently entered into a partnership with the NFL as the league’s entertainment strategist. Some call him a hypocrite for involving himself with the NFL after publicly supporting Colin Kaepernick. Others believe having someone on the inside will actually help to promote change in the organization. Jay-Z explained his reasoning at a press conference, saying that it doesn’t matter what people say about his deal because he’s been working to make actual change.
New York City’s hip-hop radio station Hot 97 was able to get a hold of previously unreleased clips in which Jay-Z goes into detail about the backlash he’s faced. He said it’s okay to be upset with him, but he wants people to know he works every day to fight social injustice, which is more than many can say:
“It’s a natural emotion to be upset, but where do we go now? Where are we going to take it, what do we do, how are we going to fix it? And what is everyone doing? Everyone can speak like those Twitter people, everyone can talk. Ask them, what have they done? There’s 365 days last year. I can tell you exactly what I’ve done last year. Let me tell you everything I’ve done to change. I can tell you the amount of people who I saved from going to jail, I can tell you I got this person out of jail, I can tell you this, this, this, this and that. I fed this many people, I can tell you exactly what I’ve done with my 365 days. What has everyone done? It’s a challenge. We can have the conversation, and again, I’m not saying it’s not needed. It’s needed because we need to know what’s happening. We need to identify the problems in order to for us to address it. But after we address it, what are we doing?” Jay-Z went on to say he believes the conversation about Kaepernick has pivoted away from its origin.UproxxAugust 26, 2019
It looked like something better suited for a patio or backyard deck. A black lawn chair, for lack of a better description, has been positioned in front of Sterling Shepard’s locker this week, looking very much out of place in an NFL locker room.
“It’s zero gravity,” Shepard explained about the NormaTec Zero Gravity Chair, which is said to help in the recovery from muscle strains and injuries. Asked if the chair might help him perform better this season, Shepard offered with a shrug: “No. It’s just comfortable.”
Such elaborate forms of seating are almost always reserved for aging veterans who can get away with certain amenities that players with fewer years of service would never consider. In just his fourth season, Shepard would seem too young to carry such status. But the departure of Odell Beckham Jr. and a new contract extension have made Shepard the Giants’ longest-tenured wide receiver and a marked man going into the season.
With Beckham gone, what impact the Giants’ receiving corps will have this season is a major question heading into Sunday’s season opener against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. It doesn’t help that Golden Tate is suspended for the first four games after testing positive for a banned substance. Tight end Evan Engram needs to have a breakout year, and while players like Bennie Fowler, Cody Latimer and Russell Shepard have all shown flashes in practice, they won’t draw double teams anytime soon.
“We have a lot of guys in the room who can make plays,” Shepard said. “That makes you a little more comfortable. But I’m ready for the opportunity. I’m ready to help the team out.”
Shepard didn’t play in the preseason after suffering a broken thumb in one of the early practices of training camp. He practiced with a club and later was down to a splint that was removed about a week ago.New York PostSeptember 7, 2019
Last Monday, quarterback Andrew Luck reportedly told Indianapolis Coltsowner Jim Irsay, general manager Chris Ballard and head coach Frank Reich of his plans to retire. “I’m tired, and I’m in pain. I’m gonna retire,” Luck told the Colts’ decision-makers, according to Peter King of NBC Sports.
The meeting between Luck and Colts brass lasted more than two hours, and the team gave him several alternatives to retiring—including going on injured reserve with a designation to return so he could rehab the high-ankle issue that hampered him all offseason. Reich and Ballard then attempted to feel out Luck over the week that followed, hoping he would change his mind. Luck met with Reich later last week and informed him that he was sure about retirement. “It’s like we were saying goodbye,” Reich said. “I knew, knew in my heart, he wasn’t going to change his mind. He seemed to have great clarity and peace.” Luck announced his retirement Saturday in a hasty press conference put together after the story leaked to the media.Bleacher ReportAugust 26, 2019
Julio Jones gambled the Atlanta Falcons would stay true to their word and give him a contract extension, showing up to camp and not creating an distraction as talks were ongoing. The Falcons are now holding up their end of the deal.
Jones and the Falcons are finalizing an agreement on a contract extension that will make him the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Ian Rapoport follows up Pelissero’s report by saying the deal should end up at three years, roughly $66 million. He notes, however, that there are “a few big conversations left to finalize.”
While both sides have been extremely civil and positive throughout these negotiations, Jones did seemingly make a push publicly to get a deal done before the start of the regular season this week. He was reportedly adding a little different at practice on Thursday and kept his status for Sunday’s opener against the Vikings vague saying, “I don’t know.”
With a new deal on the horizon, things seem to be moving in a direction where he does suit up for Atlanta Week 1.New York PostSeptember 7, 2019
The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback sat down with Michele Tafoya for an interview that played during “Sunday Night Football” between the Steelers and Tennessee Titans. In the interview, Roethlisberger expressed regret over his criticism of the former Steelers star.
“I wish I wouldn’t have done it,” Roethlisberger told Tafoya. He was asked why and said, “because we saw what happened. Obviously it ruined a friendship. I just got caught up in the emotion and heat of the battle.”Larry Brown SportsAugust 26, 2019
No matter how you feel about Colin Kaepernick, you have to give him credit for good timing. On the eve of the NFL’s first full preseason slate, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback released a video to show he’s “still ready” to play — and wouldn’t you know, a team is already down a quarterback.
That would be the Philadelphia Eagles, who saw Nate Sudfeld, the backup to starter Carson Wentz, carted off the field Thursday with his left forearm in an air cast. After the Eagles lost at home to the Tennessee Titans, Coach Doug Pederson told reporters that Sudfeld suffered a broken wrist and would have surgery Friday.
Pederson added that Philadelphia would not bring in another quarterback right away, leaving third-stringer Cody Kessler as the backup for the time being. However, while the coach said he did not think Sudfeld’s injury was season-ending, the third-year player will likely be out for several weeks.
Meanwhile, some Philadelphia fans didn’t even need to wait until the end of the game to start calling for their team to sign a certain long-out-of-work replacementWashington PostAugust 9, 2019
Put simply, the state of Tom Brady’s contract has led to rampant speculation.
Following this season, the New England Patriots quarterback technically could become an unrestricted free agent, even though he just signed a new deal. His contract reportedly includes void years, so upon completion of the current league year, the remaining two seasons on his contract become void.
Many have wondered if there’s even a remote possibility Brady takes offers from, or even (gasp) signs with another team. While the mere thought of that likely is a tough pill for Patriots fans to swallow, it appears there shouldn’t be much concern at this juncture.NESNAugust 9, 2019
The Green Bay Packers will look different at wide receiver this year now that Randall Cobb has moved on to Dallas. It was already the Davante Adams’ show, to be fair, but with the new campaign comes the need for the Pack to develop some additional depth out wide to give Aaron Rodgers the best possible chance to lead the charge back toward NFC North supremacy. And in pursuit of that goal, Adams has introduced a handsome incentive to his fellow receivers: big wads of cash.12 UPAugust 9, 2019