So that Jalen Ramsey trade went down this week for the Los Angeles Rams and everyone has an opinion on it. Two first round picks and no contract left a lot of questions to be asked and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman spoke the truth of the matter.
In his Thursday press conference, Sherman spoke what many of us were thinking on the deal overall:
“It seems like they gave up a lot for him and it’s going to be great for him because he has a lot of leverage. I wish they would try to not pay him at this point. Give up two first rounders, and like, ‘Oh, we’re going to play hardball in these negotiations.’ Yeah, back up the Brinks truck to his house and then call him when you’re done.”
The fact Ramsey hadn’t signed a contract was the one thing even more riskier than the two first round picks the Rams gave up to get him. His deal runs through 2020 and after that he’s a free agent. Not only have the Rams given up two first round picks, but they also will need to structure some space in their salary cap to pay Ramsey who will be looking to be the highest paid cornerback in the league.
As Sherman said, Ramsey has all the leverage in this. He can walk after a year and leave the Rams hanging and they gave up two first round picks for a 1.5 year rental. He’s going to get paid. In 2020, the Rams have $17,197,181 in effective cap space. We won’t know 2021 for long while, but when that time arrives, some decisions will have to be made. Especially when they just got done paying Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, and Brandin Cooks all that money.
Oh yeah, and they’ll need to get an offensive line. That was the reason the 49ers beat them, not the secondary.