THOUSAND OAKS, CALIF.—Jalen Ramsey will develop into the highest-paid defensive again in NFL historical past after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams.
The extension introduced Wednesday consists of $71.2 million, probably the most assured cash ever given to a defensive again, based on Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta.
Ramsey will common $21 million per season, one other document for a cornerback or security, via 2025. Ramsey will make $13.7 million this season within the remaining 12 months of his rookie contract.
The deal is one other huge dedication by the Rams, who’ve handed out the most important contracts in NFL historical past on the time for a quarterback (Jared Goff), a operating again (Todd Gurley), any defensive participant (Aaron Donald) and a defensive again in a serious spending spree since July 2018. The Rams made the Super Bowl for the 2018 season however misplaced to New England.
Los Angeles acquired Ramsey in a commerce with Jacksonville halfway via final season, giving up two first-round draft picks to safe one of many NFL’s elite cornerbacks. Ramsey had one interception and 4 cross deflections in 9 video games with the Rams whereas incomes his third straight Pro Bowl choice.
Ramsey has solely 10 profession interceptions, and he has by no means been within the prime 10 in interceptions throughout his 4 NFL seasons. That’s largely as a result of quarterbacks keep away from his facet of the sector, and Ramsey can be a keen hitter with at the very least 50 tackles in every of his 4 NFL seasons.
His first 3 1/2 years in Jacksonville have been marked by acrimony between the participant and the Jaguars, each over his contract and his issues concerning the workforce’s route. Ramsey famously confirmed as much as Jaguars coaching camp final 12 months in an armoured financial institution truck to emphasise his need for a large contract extension. He’ll want any person to drive that truck to the opposite coast now.
Ramsey clearly has no issues concerning the route of the Rams, who barely missed the playoffs final season whereas going 9-7. Los Angeles basic supervisor Les Snead is unafraid to pay elite expertise, though it doesn’t at all times work out: He needed to launch Gurley in March earlier than the star operating again’s huge extension ever kicked in.
Ramsey additionally had little question he had discovered a house in Los Angeles: He went searching for lavish homes throughout an early episode of the present season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” and he referred to as the day he was traded by Jacksonville “one of the best days of my life.” Ramsey additionally lately dedicated to donate $1 million to Purpose Preparatory Academy, a college in his native Nashville.
The Rams have roughly $34 million in lifeless cash on their wage cap this season, largely as a result of lavish contracts given to Gurley and receiver Brandin Cooks, who was traded to Houston within the low season only one 12 months into his deal. In 2021, they’ll have to start out paying the extensions for Goff and Ramsey, two of the highest 5 picks within the 2016 draft.
The Rams are also discussing a contract extension with receiver Cooper Kupp, a third-round choose in 2017 who has performed his approach into an necessary function in coach Sean McVay’s offence. Safety John Johnson can be due for an extension at some point, however Ramsey’s deal will make it tougher to pay one other burgeoning expertise.
Ramsey is more likely to be greater than only a cornerback this season with the Rams, who employed new defensive co-ordinator Brandon Staley to shake up their scheme regardless of an above-average defensive season in 2019. Ramsey has stated he’ll play a number of roles on the brand new defence, not simply as a canopy cornerback assigned to at least one receiver.
Ramsey is now a cornerstone of that defence alongside Donald, who has a six-year, $135 million contract via 2024.
The Rams open their season Sunday evening in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium, their new dwelling.