Lions Named One Of Seven Teams That Could Trade For Jalen Ramsey

He could push their already strong defense over the top.

Karsch and Anderson
October 03, 2019 - 10:52 am

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The Lions already have one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Why not make it two? 

With Jalen Ramsey requesting a trade out of Jacksonville, teams are beginning to bid for his services. The Jaguars aren't inclined to part ways with the two-time Pro Bowler, but Ramsey has forced their hand. He sat out practice last week, missed Sunday's game and doesn't appear to have any plans to continue with the team moving forward. 

"You have to trade him," an NFL exec told CBS Sports. "It will get worse and there will be something new with him every week. He doesn't see a future there, and he's already shown he's willing to rock the boat to get out. At some point it becomes more trouble than it's worth."

Could Bob Quinn and the Lions swoop in? A secondary built around Ramsey and Darius Slay, not to mention Justin Coleman, could be the best in the NFL. The Ringer named the Lions one of seven teams 'that make sense' for a Ramsey trade. 

The Jaguars understandably want a haul in return. They've already turned down an offer of two (late) first-round picks, per a report. And any team that acquires him will need the future cap space to sign him to a lucrative long-term deal. This means the field of possible landing spots for Ramsey is thin, which could work in the Lions' favor if they engage in trade talks. 

As The Ringer points out, Ramsey's skillset would play well in Detroit's defense: 

"Ramsey has reportedly been irked by the Jaguars’ heavy utilization of zone coverage, which doesn’t always take advantage of his rare talent for following opponents’ best receivers all over the field and shutting them down wherever they line up. Matt Patricia’s squad, meanwhile, has played the most cover-1 coverage of any team this season, with their cornerbacks manning up and blanket opposing pass-catchers. ... Adding Ramsey would boost the effectiveness of that system exponentially." 

It's a system that's already working well. The Lions have held opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 80.3 thus far, the sixth best mark in the NFL. The addition of Ramsey, who smothered DeAndre Hopkins in a one-on-one matchup in Week 2, would give Detroit two shutdown corners. That's a scary thought. 

And The Ringer believes the Lions have the assets to facilitate a deal with the Jags:

"Detroit has the ammunition to go out and make the trade, too, at least in theory, as it still holds its own first- and second-rounders in both 2020 and 2021. Cap wise, the team should have enough wiggle room to extend Ramsey as well, with a projected $39 million and change to work with next season. And, at 2-1-1, Detroit is still well within striking distance for a run at the NFC North title."

The Ringer also named the Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Seahawks, 49ers and Vikings as potential landing spots for Ramsey.