Jalen Ramsey has requested a trade after an apparent altercation on the sidelines with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone during the Jaguars’ loss in Houston last Sunday. Jacksonville is reportedly looking for at least one, and likely two, first round pick(s).
The Houston Texans seem like a natural landing spot for Ramsey’s services. It’s no secret that Ramsey and Houston’s star wideout DeAndre Hopkins have a great deal of respect for one another. It’s also no secret that Houston desperately needs a star cornerback. Now, even Deshaun Watson is getting in on the lobbying:
I don’t think I agree with this.. https://t.co/20lVR2pShY— Deshaun Watson (@deshaunwatson) September 19, 2019
Of course, while it would seem the Texans could be primed for Bill O’Brien to cash in on his relationship with Doug Marrone, the Texans’ lack of draft capital after the Duke Johnson and Laremy Tunsil trades likely means they’ll have to sit this one out. That said, there’s at least a theoretical chance the Texans could land Ramsey. The Jags have a history of stupid moves, so why not trade one of their best players to a divisional rival?
With that in mind, I asked the masthead what they’d give up to get the All-Pro corner to hang his hat at NRG Stadium.
I’d let go a couple of first round picks, a 4th round pick, Keke Coutee and Lonnie Johnson.
Any WR not named Hopkins, or any LB not named Mercilus or McKinney, and a pair of 2nd round picks.
If OB can wrestle Ramsey away from the Jags...
My Netflix subscription, my favorite pair of shoes, and my cat.
Jadeveon Clown...wait...next year’s 1st round pic... wait...the 2021 1st rounder or whatever combo of what we have left to equal that, Keke Coutee, and I’d entertain discussions to add in any other non-starter J’Ville wants. Ramsey would be a game-changer for Romeo Crennel and the Houston defense. Having him as CB1, with Joseph at CB2 and Roby in the slot, is the sort of upgrade Houston should have wrangled in the offseason.
A fourth round pick, Lonnie Johnson Jr., and Brennan Scarlett. A third round pick and Max Scharping. Who says no????
If the Texans hadn’t already sent two first rounders and a second rounder to Miami for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills, I’d be just fine with them sending a first and second rounder to Jacksonville for Ramsey. He’s that good. Even then, I’d wonder (1) whether Jacksonville would seriously contemplate trading him to an organization they face twice every season and (2) whether Bill O’Brien would really acquire a player who publicly sassmouthed his buddy Doug Marrone.
Daydreaming is fun, but to steer things back to reality, there’s no way the Texans will trade for Jalen Ramsey. They simply don’t have the assets to do so, and I cannot fathom Jacksonville trading him to another AFC South team.
I am, however, very interested to see what the team that acquires Ramsey gives up to get him. Will he fetch the two first rounders Tunsil did? Is that the new cost of doing business in the NFL for a young star who plays a premium position?
What would you trade to Jacksonville in order to bring Ramsey to H-Town?