JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey crouched behind an armored truck, peered by a small window and waited for his introduction.
The 2-time Professional Bowl cornerback then flung open each doorways, revealing dozens of phony financial institution cash luggage and an enormous smile.
Ramsey placed on fairly a present because the Jacksonville Jaguars reported for coaching camp Wednesday. The efficiency seemingly will function the beginning of a yearlong push for a brand new contract.
“It’s time to get this cash, cash,” the motive force stated right into a megaphone as Ramsey exited the car.
Ramsey is coming into the ultimate 12 months of his $23.Three million rookie contract. The Jaguars exercised the fifth-year possibility within the deal, which means he’s tied to the membership for $13.7 million in 2020.
Ramsey is likely one of the prime cornerbacks, if not the most effective, within the league. He has 9 interceptions and 44 cross breakups in three seasons whereas usually shadowing every opponent’s No. 1 receiver.
The Jaguars anticipate the previous Florida State standout to be a long-term piece of their protection. However they’re unwilling to offer him an extension with two years remaining and already instructed him so.
Nonetheless, Ramsey made it clear along with his grand entrance that he expects to receives a commission handsomely — sooner somewhat than later.
The driving force wearing all black and sporting an armored vest pulled up close to the entrance gate and delivered a loud and glowing intro for teammates, followers and media.
“Y’all know what time it’s?” the motive force stated. “This man’s protection is so good he’s fixing to have his personal cellphone service. The person’s so good they’re fixing to offer him his personal jail — known as Jalen Towers — as a result of these receivers are on 24-hour lockdown. When you examine his pocket, he’s bought eight Grasp locks in his pocket. They’re on lockdown all season. The person, the parable, Jalen Ramsey.”
Jacksonville has slightly greater than $9 million in cap house obtainable, however ought to be in higher monetary form subsequent 12 months after eliminating about $24 million in useless cash already paid to quarterback Blake Bortles, defensive deal with Malik Jackson, security Tashaun Gipson, tight finish Austin Seferian-Jenkins and others.
The group additionally has a extra urgent want — signing standout defensive finish Yannick Ngakoue.
Ngakoue was a no-show for the beginning of camp amid contract negotiations.
The Jags have sufficient cap house to get a deal finished now with Ngakoue, a Professional Bowl choice in 2017 who has 29 ½ sacks and 10 compelled fumbles in three seasons. It’s unclear, although, how a holdout will have an effect on negotiations.
Ngakoue confirmed up for the beginning of voluntary organized group actions in Might and vowed to attend the remaining dozen practices. He emphatically acknowledged he deliberate to play this season even when he didn’t get a long-term contract. He bailed three days later and was fined practically $90,000 for skipping a compulsory minicamp in June.
The previous Maryland star, a third-round draft decide in 2016, is coming into the fourth and last 12 months of a $3.84 million rookie deal. He’s as a result of make $2.025 million this fall — far lower than different prime playmakers at his place.
The Jaguars have stated they wish to re-sign the 24-year-old Ngakoue, however there’s no assure it can occur.
Though Ngakoue has clearly outperformed his present deal, he’s additionally an undersized defensive finish who could possibly be stouter towards the run. Plus, the Jaguars landed his potential substitute in April after they chosen Kentucky standout Josh Allen with the seventh general decide within the draft.
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