The Eagles need a cornerback, Jalen Ramsey needs a winning football team, this is simply a move Howie Roseman HAS to make.
As Jalen enters his 4th year in the NFL, he has rightfully earned the reputation as being the best boundary corner in the NFL. 9 interceptions, 45 pass deflections, 202 tackles, 2 Pro Bowls, 1 First-Team All Pro appearance, and a plethora of praise from coaches and players alike around the league will do that for you. Throw in the fact that he’s just 24 years old, and it’s pretty clear why the NFL is on high-alert since he requested a trade.
CB Jalen Ramsey’s agent asked for a trade after yesterday’s loss at Houston, league sources tell @mortreport and me
The Jaguars have spoken with interested teams, but there is no current plan to trade Ramsey.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2019
Enter in Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles. CB1 has been a real position of need for our Birds for a VERY long time. The last time I personally remember Philly having a big name at corner was Asante Samuel way back in 2009/2010 (I’m pretending that whole Nnamdi Asomugha thing never happened). The Eagles have survived defensively off their elite pass rush the last few seasons, relying heavily on guys like Chris Long, Michael Bennett, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham. Seeing as half of those names previously mentioned are no longer on the roster, and important D-Line pieces like Malik Jackson and Tim Jernigan are now injured, the need for a corner grows stronger and stronger by the second.
The Eagles gave up 125 yards to rookie Terry McLaurin week one, with Rasul Douglas being the main victim in that showing. They gave up 211 yards to the combo of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, with veteran Ronald Darby being targeted (and exposed) almost exclusively. As young guys like Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox haven’t shown the ability to truly be a lockdown corner yet, and *potential* upgrades in Jalen Mills and Cre’von LeBlanc sit injured, the time to make a move is now.
As the age of “player control” steadily increases, the fact that Ramsey wants to be on a contender is extremely important. The other main desire I’ve seen from Ramsey’s camp is his desire to match up with the opponents’ top receiver every down. Now while that’s not necessarily defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’ prefered method of defending, an exception has to be made when adding someone with Jalen’s abilities. Let Ramsey take away one half of the field every down, let him do whatever he wants defensively on the Julio’s/Odell’s/Cooper’s of the world and we can use Schwartz’ zone scheme on the rest of the team.
So how would Howie go about acquiring Jalen Ramsey? After standout DB Minkah Fitzpatrick just got dealt for a first rounder, it’s obvious Jalen’s price will be high. As I’m writing this reports are emerging that the Jags want TWO first rounders for Ramsey (per @AlbertBreer). The Eagles ain’t offering that and I HIGHLY doubt any team would. A potential offer that I think could get this done would look something like this:
Eagles 2020 1st Round Pick
Eagles 4th Round Pick
Jags choice of one of the following players: (Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Big V)
Howie hasn’t pulled off his world famous trade magic in a minute now. He passed on Clowney and passed on Minkah, it’s time he finally pulls the trigger and lands someone who can instantly turn this defense into one of the best in the league again.
-David Esser via Philly Sports Insider