Jalen Ramsey: Even without new contract, 'tremendously blessed'

Jaguars cornerback reveals he won't get big deal in 2019

By Justin Barney - Sports Editor

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey speaks at the opening day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jalen Ramsey arrived at Jaguars minicamp, which was already big news. 

The other: Ramsey said that he won’t be getting a new contract in 2019. 

Before panic sets in, though, Ramsey, sounding polished and upbeat on his first day of mandatory minicamp, said he’s looking at the big picture. 

He’s happy to be around the team and hopes to once again represent the Jaguars, Duval County and Jacksonville fans the best way that he knows how to. 

"As far as I know, I’ve been let know that I will not be getting a contract extension. I will not be getting a contract extension this year," Ramsey said. "You all take that however you may want to take that, but I’m excited to be … As long as I’m a part of this organization, as long as I’m part of Duval County, I’m going to give the city and the players all I’ve got. I think you all know that."

While the no new contract talk viewed as a negative — especially with defensive end Yannick Ngakoue holding out for a new deal — it’s not quite the doom and gloom as it sounds.  

Ramsey, a Pro Bowl cornerback and already one of the league’s best players, knows the money will come. And when it does, it will be a significant amount. 

To those thinking Ramsey is on a Ngakoue-type path of holding out for a better deal, that’s unlikely. 
While he’s a bargain this season at $3,634,227, according to Spotrac, the Jaguars have already picked up his fifth-year option at $13.7 million. Ngakoue, a third-round draft pick, is set to earn just $2,025,000 this season, and has no fifth-year option that would hand him a major pay raise. 

"I think I am in a similar situation as Yann as far as I have outplayed my rookie contract, and I feel I have earned a new contract," Ramsey said. "But at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. I am tremendously blessed. I am so blessed that I am not down or anything like that at all. That is the circumstance. That is what I have been told.”

Ramsey’s arrival at mandatory minicamp leaves just two big players missing. Ngakoue said on Monday that he wasn’t planning to attend as he holds out for a new contract to replace a rookie deal that he has outplayed. And linebacker Telvin Smith, who announced last month that he planned to skip the season to work on issues outside of football. 

 

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