Jalen Ramsey, just like almost all of his teammates on the Los Angeles Rams, had a rough 2022 season. They struggled from the opening snap of the season, putting together the worst season for a defending Super Bowl champion ever.
Los Angeles finished the season 5-12, not coming close to defending their title. That is the most losses ever for a team the season after they win the Super Bowl and a lot can be attributed to the team’s struggles.
Injuries were a major contributor as key players on both sides of the ball missed time throughout the season. Wide receiver and special teams contributor Brandon Powell and tight end Tyler Higbee were the only skill position players to appear in all 17 games. Overall, only 14 players appeared in all 17 games for the Rams this season as head coach Sean McVay was constantly shuffling the lineup.
Jalen Ramsey was one of the players to appear in all 17 games but even he didn’t play up to his regular level of performance. 2022 was the first time that he didn’t make the Pro Bowl team since his rookie season in 2016.
While he stuffed the stat sheet as he regularly would, totaling a career-high 88 tackles with four tackles for loss, the first two sacks of his career and four interceptions, his coverage production slipped some. According to Pro-Football-Reference, teams went after Ramsey without as much hesitation as in years past.
Given the current status of the roster, is there a chance that the Rams move Jalen Ramsey this offseason in a trade? Based on a recent post to his Twitter account, it certainly seems like his time with the Rams could be coming to an end.
It would certainly be surprising to see the Rams trade Ramsey, but nothing is off the table. They don’t have much draft capital to replenish their roster with and will have some work to do when it comes to opening up salary cap space to spend in free agency.
Moving Ramsey could help in all of those areas. He is only through two seasons on a five-year deal and at 28 years old, a team looking to add an impact defender to their secondary could offer a sizable package for him.
The Rams would have to at least consider making such a move involving Jalen Ramsey unless they restructure his and other contracts and try to make another run in 2023 with a veteran-laden roster.