Jalen Ramsey Watch Heats Up
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The thought around the NFL is that disgruntled All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be playing his last game with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.
And the sharks are circling in the water with multiple league sources telling 973espn.com that many perceived contenders like Kansas City, Baltimore, Seattle, Minnesota and yes, the Eagles are doing their due diligence on a player who could be the final piece to a championship puzzle.
Philadelphia has experienced shoddy CB play early in the season and Howie Roseman has already "struck out" on Jadeveon Clowney and Minkah Fitzpatrick, a stew that has many believing the Eagles general manager will push all his chips into the middle of the table to get Ramsey out of exile on the First Coast of Florida.
The Eagles doing their homework is never news or at least it shouldn't be because Roseman has become famous for kicking the tires on anyone of value who is put on the market. He already did the leg work on Clowney, who ended up in Seattle, and Fitzpatrick, who was dealt by Miami o the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round pick plus and some later-round swapping on Monday.
"Anyone who is available at any level, whether they’re on the waiver wire or whether they’re available via trade, I promise we look into," Roseman said when discussing his philosophy last month.
With Ramsey, the stakes are higher and the return is expected to start at the Fitzpatrick-level and only increase with most speculation on another premium pick on top of the first-rounder and perhaps a player.
Peter King speculated on the Eagles sending a first-round pick, a third-rounder and cornerback Sidney Jones back to the Jaguars.
As far as the machinations behind the scenes, Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta, requested the Jags to trade his client after a sideline dustup between Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone last weekend.
Jags owner Shad Khan seems resigned to the fact that the end game is near.
"This is a team sport," Khan told the NFL Network. "I am very sensitive to individual needs but we have to do the right things for the team."
For what it's worth King, who is very plugged in when it comes to league matters, handicapped the Eagles as the most likely to get Ramsey.
ESPN's Josina Anderson also placed Philadelphia squarely in the mix.
“I'm told Jalen Ramsey is fine playing TNF tonight, but a source just told me he doesn't anticipate being a member of the Jags next Sun.,” Anderson tweeted. “Teams like KC, BAL, MIN, OAK, PHI, SEA have all made substantive inquiries, but my understanding is almost every team has at least placed a call.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen