What Byron Jones’ contract means for Jalen Ramsey and the Rams

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How Jones’ deal affects Ramsey and the Rams

Ahead of the 2019 trade deadline, the Los Angeles Rams acquired Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a surprising move. Besides sending two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder to land Ramsey, they also inherited the final two years of his contract.

Prior to the 2019 season, the Jaguars exercised Ramsey’s fifth-year option. Therefore, the former first-round pick is set to make $13.7 million in the 2020 season with the Rams. However, with it being the final year of his rookie deal, Ramsey is anxious to get an extension done with Los Angeles.

In his first four seasons in the NFL, Ramsey has been nothing short of spectacular at the cornerback position. While hauling in 10 interceptions and deflecting 49 passes, Ramsey made three Pro Bowls and is a one-time All-Pro.

For today’s pass-oriented league, Ramsey is arguably the most dominant shutdown cornerback in the NFL. With that in mind, Ramsey is typically tasked with covering the opposing team’s No. 1 wideout, usually winning his fair share of battles.

For the Rams, there’s no doubt they want to lock up Ramsey to a long-term deal. At the same time, the Rams understand what the asking price for a player of Ramsey’s caliber is. The main focus is for Los Angeles to make the necessary roster moves to make an extension for Ramsey easier.

To keep it short and simple, Ramsey is smiling ear-to-ear after seeing what Jones is making with the Dolphins. There’s a decent chance that the Rams witness Ramsey literally back up a Brinks truck at training camp, as he did last year with the Jaguars.

If Jones was able to earn $16.5 million annually on the open market, Ramsey figures to achieve the feat of becoming the highest-paid corner in NFL history. Could Ramsey become the first cornerback to rake in $18-19 million annually?

Only time will tell how much the Florida State product is able to collect on his future extension. Regardless, the news of Jones signing a lucrative deal with the Dolphins is like music to Ramsey’s ears.