O-Zone: Green grass, high tides, farewell

JACKSONVILLE – Jalen Ramsey is no longer with the Jaguars.

If you’re reading this, you know this by now – and you know the Jaguars on Tuesday traded the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback to the Los Angeles Rams for a first-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft and a fourth-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

If you’re reading this, you likely know the background. The Week 2 trade request, the Week 3 bout with the flu, the ongoing back injury and the absence for a second stint of fatherhood. You know how this story lingered, became weird and eventually took a turn permanently to the absurd.

It seems from this view the Jaguars got a decent deal considering the circumstances, though they must use the new selections well.

It’s a shame it reached the point of a trade, but by the end I suppose it was unavoidable.

Here’s hoping Ramsey’s physical goes well.

Here’s hoping, too, that Ramsey loves his new teammates just as much as he did his old ones.

Let’s get to it …

Steve from Shreveport, LA

I guess it worked out for both parties, but mostly I am glad it’s over. Let’s move on.

I suppose it worked out for both parties, though I don’t know if you get any real winners from a situation such as this. The Jaguars lost a player whom they treated very well during his time here (remember The Training Camp Paternity Leave and Other Accepted Absences) and who should have been a franchise-defining player for years to come. I suppose Ramsey will feel like he won in the short term, but I wonder how long he will be content at his next stop. I have to say I’m disappointed and a bit surprised with Ramsey’s extreme behavior in recent weeks. I thought for three years he was a young superstar who behaved the way young superstars do, and I thought his behavior – the interviews, the trash-talking, the eye rolling, even the criticism of the coaches – was all stuff that sort of went along with What Young Players Do These Days. But the trade demand in the wake of a reported talking-to by Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin … that’s where Ramsey lost me. He had behaved inappropriately on the field that day in Week 2 in Houston; to not expect to have it be firmly discussed by team officials was delusional. And whatever problems he had with the front office … c’mon, enough to demand a trade? Enough to want out two weeks into a season? Enough to abandon midseason these teammates you publicly proclaimed to love? No, I’ve seen a lot of borderline behavior in 25 seasons covering the NFL, but I’ve never seen anything quite so selfish as this. I truly liked Ramsey and truly thought he was more positive than negative during most of his time here, but the behavior of the last few weeks? Nah. It was disappointing, tiring and more than a little sickening.

Art from Drexel Hill, PA

If they paid him in the offseason, would he still be here?

Probably, but mainly because you couldn’t have traded him because of the newly-signed contract. The bigger question is how long would a new contract have kept Ramsey happy? For a few months, maybe. But the next time the defensive coordinator called a defense he didn’t like, or the next time a higher-up said something he didn’t like? What then?

Howard from Homestead, FL

I’m old enough to say the decisions I make from a position of strength normally turn out well. The decisions I make from weakness don’t. The Ramsey trade falls into the latter. The Rams are Johnnie Cochran. We are Chris Darden.

Wow, you are old.

Mike from Jacksonville

Will Shad Khan explain his change of heart to media and fans? Reports all said he thought Ramsey would play against Saints ... I'm wondering if the fact that he didn't play was the final "screw you guys" that Khan was willing to take??

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan eventually will discuss this. I don’t know when that will be, but when he does, I’m certain he will give an insightful answer. That’s typically the case.

James from Salt Lake City, UT

It pains me to see probably one of a handful of the best players we've ever had leave. When the problem resolves itself after another losing season and the team fires Coughlin anyway, the Ramsey problem would have been solved.

Would it have been?

Jakob from Hawthorne

So ... are we in rebuild mode, or is it still Minsanity?

The Jaguars weren’t in rebuild mode before, and the Ramsey trade doesn’t put them there. He’s a great player. He also played a position that’s not quarterback or pass rusher, so let’s keep the loss in perspective.

Mike from Bridgeport, CT

Sometimes it's time to move on.

Yes.

Jami from Wye Mills, MD

Any bets on if Ramsey plays this week for the Rams?

I would be shocked if he doesn’t.

Chad from Nassauville

I think we should adopt the term Big Baby to reference the former player who wore No. 20. He played well but will forever be remembered for his childish antics. I prefer to watch ADULTS play football and I assure you he will not be missed one iota by my circle of friends. Let the trumpets sound and the bells toll! A new era in Jaguars football is upon us!!!! Rejoice (and let's hope we keep playing second-string quarterbacks for a while).

This became more and more the vibe from Jaguars observers regarding Ramsey. One can only wonder how quickly that will become the vibe at his next stop. Perhaps it won’t, though I’m skeptical.

Josh from Harrisburg, PA

While I understand his perspective, it will hurt if he plays right away in Los Angeles. If only you had been invited to the meeting that soured the relationship, your quick wit may have smoothed it over.

Considering the personalities involved, I don’t know that anyone’s quick wit would have … nah, you’re right … I would have gotten it done. I am the king of all funk.

Jerell from Columbia, SC

Next angry Jags player step forward Jags will cave and give you what you want. Pete said it best. Jags are a joke again 4-12 and on the fast track. Who do you think they are tanking for John?

I agree that trading Ramsey means running the risk of setting a precedent that an unhappy player can force his way out. I would have told Ramsey that he’s playing for the Jaguars until 2021 or he’s playing nowhere, but it’s not my team or my money or my call. But the Jaguars aren’t tanking, and they won’t finish 4-12.

Scott from Medford, NJ

Young quarterback, No. 1 wide receiver and four first-round selections in the next two years. Things could get very interesting.

Agreed, though the story on the Jaguars’ future at the quarterback position hasn’t been written. Remember, too: The benefit of the Ramsey trade largely will depend on where the Rams finish each of the next two seasons. If they win the Super Bowl both seasons, the Jaguars essentially received a pair of second-round selections for Ramsey. If the Rams collapse, then the Jaguars could get major value. We’ll see.

Jason from Rochester, MN

Two first-round picks and one fourth-round pick, plus we send arguably the best corner in the league to the opposite conference. Talk about making the best out of a bad situation. I hate to see him leave and wish him the best of luck, but the front office did about as well as they could have given the situation.

There is truth to this. The Jaguars ideally would have had a happy Ramsey under contract for a long time. Considering the events of Ramsey’s career here, I seriously wonder whether he will find a situation in which he is happy on a long-term basis. We’ll see.

Tom from St. Augustine, FL

You said Jalen has a serious back injury. Wanna bet lunch? I got he plays this Sunday.

I also agree that Ramsey probably will play Sunday. Considering the seriousness of his back injury – i.e., considering that it kept this player from playing the game he loves with his teammates that he loves so much – I can only consider this one of the great miracles of modern medicine. They may write journal articles and perhaps books on this someday. I can’t wait to read it.

Renee from Duval

John, Mr. Ramsey has been blessed and has never known adversity. May he learn that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Good riddance.

There is an element of this story that appears to involve someone who is used to getting his own way and who knows nothing else – and who can’t conceive of anything mattering beyond his own self-interest. I don’t pretend to know how someone gets that way. I wonder if the grass will ever be green enough for such a person, but what I don’t wonder about is if I care anymore. I don’t.

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