The Eagles should trade for Jalen Ramsey

Eliot Shorr-Parks
September 16, 2019 - 6:27 pm

The Eagles have another chance to add an elite talent. 

According to ESPN, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade following a blowup with head coach Doug Marrone on Sunday in the team’s loss to the Houston Texans. 

Per the report, the Jaguars have spoken to interested teams but does not seem like Ramsey will be traded at this time. 

Something general manager Howie Roseman should change. 

One thing is clear so far about this Eagles’ defense through two games — getting pressure with the front four is an issue. The result of that is defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz needing to blitz more than usual, something he did on Sunday night with a lot of success, but it also killed the Eagles on the Falcons’ game-winning touchdown. 

If Schwartz is going to need to blitz more than usual the Eagles cornerbacks are going to be on an island even more than usual, increasing the need for cornerbacks that are at least very good in many coverage — or ideally elite. Some of the young cornerbacks have shown potential, but overall the team is without a shutdown cornerback, and an argument can be made that they don’t even have a good one right now outside of maybe Rasul Douglas. 

Ramsey would obviously fill that need. 

Ramsey has been one of the best cornerback in the NFL since joining the Jaguars, and despite the team’s struggles, he has helped make the Jacksonville defense one of the best in the league. He is the shutdown, elite cornerback every team is looking for. Adding Ramsey to this defense would take it to another level and fix their need for an upgrade at cornerback in a major way. 

The cost to land Ramsey likely won’t be cheap, but it might not be as expensive as some think. Ramsey is a free agent at the end of the season, which means any team that trades for him is also going to need to sign him to a mega-deal this offseason. Ramsey is likely going to be looking to be one of the highest paid defenders in the NFL. Bringing him back if the Eagles were to trade for him won’t be cheap, which is why trading for him might not cost a first-or-second round pick. 

Even if the Jaguars do ask for a high-draft pick, however, Roseman should do what it takes to land Ramsey. Adding Ramsey to the team completely changes the outlook of the defense not only this season but next year as well, when both Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills become free agents. Ramsey on the Eagles’ defense gives them a shutdown corner to count on for years to come. 

Those are hard to come by for any team. For a Super Bowl contender that is going to have to face some high-powered offense, it is invaluable and something they would be foolish not to add if they have the chance. 

The Eagles passed on a chance to land Jadeveon Clowney and that decision is already looking like a mistake. 

Passing on Ramsey would be as well.  

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