Why haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles traded for All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey at this point?
At this point in the season, the Philadelphia Eagles have reached extreme lows on the defensive side of the ball that we wished they would never reach again. Last season, we saw at one point the Eagles had to pick up defensive backs from practice squads and free agency and actually give them playing time on defense during the same week they signed.
Obviously, that helped derail the Eagles’ plans, who were on the road to repeating. The Eagles had decent depth at cornerback heading into the season this year, but once again we’re witnessing the injuries pile on one after another.
Cre’Von LeBlanc and Jalen Mills haven’t even made the active roster yet this season as they are still recovering with no return in sight. Meanwhile, Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones are both dealing with hamstring issues, while Avonte Maddox was recently taken off the field on a stretcher this past Thursday.
Now, the Eagles have three healthy cornerbacks rostered with Rasul Douglas, Craig James, who they recently signed from the practice squad. And the newly acquired veteran, Orlando Scandrick. After witnessing what we saw last season, it’s evident that the Eagles won’t be able to do much with these low-risk, low-reward signings — so a trade should be in order.
Are the Eagles even in on Jalen Ramsey?
The most notable name on the trade market is currently Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback, Jalen Ramsey. As Ramsey has had trouble with his situation in Jacksonville over the last year or so, the All-Pro cornerback has made it quite clear he wants out.
The Jaguars are willing to depart with Ramsey for the right price — but that right price is beginning to get ridiculous. However, we’ve mentioned before that the Eagles should be willing to do all they can to acquire Ramsey at this point and get him at all costs.
Are the Eagles in on Jalen Ramsey? The simple answer is yes, they are. And apparently, they have been one of a few serious contenders for him. As we know, the Eagles are typically always in on the trade action, but most of the time it’s just Howie Roseman doing his due diligence.
This situation is slightly different, though. The Eagles actually need a cornerback, and they need one bad. Howie Roseman has made a lot of moves this offseason, but so far, his 2019 transactions haven’t really translated well on the field. He needs to redeem himself. Therefore, he is trying to get Jalen Ramsey from Jacksonville. At this point though, the Jags are being difficult.
Jacksonville is becoming hesitant
Jaguars owner Shad Khan understands that Ramsey wants out, but Khan doesn’t want to see him go. As he tries to smooth over the situation in Jacksonville, the price tag for Ramsey has gotten slightly out of hand. According to CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora, two first-round picks didn’t even move the needle for Ramsey.
Apparently, said first-round picks were believed to be “too close to pick No. 32” for Jacksonville’s liking. In other words, Super Bowl contenders are in on Ramsey — so that mystery offer could realistically be coming from the Chiefs, Ravens, or the Eagles.
Right now, two first-round picks seem reasonable for the Eagles to acquire Ramsey — but anything higher is surely pushing the limits. However, if the Eagles view themselves as a win-now team, they have to make some moves and make them quickly. Even if they don’t land Ramsey, they need to acquire somebody at the position because their secondary is in shambles.