Los Angeles Rams: What Tre’Davious White’s new contract means for Jalen Ramsey

Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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The 2020 offseason is winding down in the NFL and teams are attempting to finalize extensions before the regular season begins. One recent extension that should pique the interest of the Los Angeles Rams — and Jalen Ramsey — is the one between Tre’Davious White and the Buffalo Bills.

White’s new contract with the Bills is worth $69 million over four years and can reach $70 million if he achieves his Pro Bowl incentives. The deal also includes $55 million in guaranteed money, which is the most for a cornerback in NFL history. So what does this mean for the Rams and Ramsey?

Similar to how the market works for other positions, White’s lucrative deal with Buffalo has proliferated the market for cornerbacks in the NFL. And with Ramsey entering a contract year, all the attention is on him and Los Angeles until they inevitably make Ramsey the highest-paid cornerback in the league.

When Les Snead pulled the trigger to acquire Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2019 season for a slew of draft picks — including two first-rounders — he brought him in with the intention of keeping him with the organization long-term. If the Rams failed to get a deal done with the three-time Pro Bowler, it would assuredly cause unrest among fans.

After being dealt by the Jaguars, Ramsey would suit up in the final nine games for Los Angeles last season. Throughout those nine games, the Florida State product would notch 33 combined tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Entering his second year with the Rams, Ramsey is going to have an opportunity to thrive under new defensive coordinator, Brandon Staley. Staley has already stated he views Ramsey as a versatile defensive player that can contribute in a variety of ways. Those words will undoubtedly help the former first-round pick earn even more money in contract talks with Los Angeles.

Taking a deeper look at Ramsey’s impending extension

Once again, White’s new deal with the Bills does nothing but raise the asking price for Ramsey. Early in August, when Ramsey was repeatedly asked about his impending extension, the former first-round pick walked out of his media session.

Ramsey would utter that his agent and the Rams would take of the situation while he focuses on football. Despite walking out of his media session, he would return to reiterate his previous answer.

Even though he was emotional in his response to the questions, Ramsey seems more than interested in being a defensive cornerstone for Los Angeles beyond 2020. Ramsey shared back in February that he wanted a trade to the Rams before the transaction ever came into fruition.

We all knew Ramsey would command a hefty payday once it was time for him to receive a new contract. Seeing that White’s new deal is worth upward of $70 million, Ramsey will undoubtedly topple that once he signs on the dotted line.

Besides White, Byron Jones and Darius Slay also signed deals this offseason that prompted an increase in the cornerback market. Both Jones and Slay would sign deals with their respective teams for $16.5+ million in average salary.

Provided the deals that White, Jones, and Slay completed, Ramsey’s deal could realistically be in the ballpark of $18-20+ million annually. There’s no doubt that Ramsey deserves to be the richest cornerback in football given the production he’s had thus far in his career.

At the same time, the potential of Ramsey — who is only 25 years old — is through the roof. Regardless of what his future contract looks like, Ramsey is smiling ear-to-ear, knowing his price just went up due to White’s newly-signed pact with the Bills.

 

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