The Pro Bowl is a time for the players to relax, take a break, and try not to think about not playing in the biggest game of the year. At least, us Chargers fans, were able to see our favorites in action one more time before the football season is completely over.
It’s been accounted that Jalen Ramsey and Derwin James became great friends and even consider each other brothers after spending time with each other at Florida State University. Ramsey and James were inseparable as soon as they walked onto campus for the brief stint that they were together.
Ramsey told the NFL that James was the best player in the 2018 draft and said that he should go No.1 overall. Ramsey continued to support Derwin as he was building his case as the draft’s best prospect when he showed up for Florida State’s (Derwin’s) pro day. Ramsey was even with Derwin in the green room when Derwin got drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers, put the cap on and all, or was that a sign of things to come?
Fast forward to this year’s Pro Bowl, there were six Chargers in Orlando, seven were voted in, but Philip Rivers decided not to participate, and the Chargers coaching staff was selected to coach the AFC roster.
Coincidentally, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a part of the AFC and Ramsey was selected to the Pro Bowl. Which means good old friends were reunited and had the opportunity to play in a game together just like good old times.
Jalen was even quite friendly with the rest of the Bolt Gang. Showing up in Keenan Allen’s Instagram story, as Allen said look at all the Chargers as Jalen was in the back laughing.
He made another appearance as Adrian Phillips put Ramsey on the official Chargers Instagram story. Another showing was when all of the Chargers players were gathered around for a photo shoot and as Ramsey was walking away, Melvin Ingram called him back to get into the picture with the rest of them.
Now, this is all for fun and games because we all know that the Chargers players do not have any control of what the front office does as far as the roster, but what seemed interesting was what the Jaguars put out on their own YouTube video.
For the most part, Jalen and Derwin were having a blast at practice, but it was his encounter with Gus Bradley which seemed as if this might become a thing. For those who don’t know, Bradley was Jalen’s head coach when they drafted him back in the 2015 draft and when Bradley’s time in Jacksonville ended, Jalen had some choice words about his former head coach.
But it seemed as if the two put the past in the past and got along great on the video. Which leads me to wonder if it is possible that the Chargers will pursue Ramsey in the offseason.
Ramsey and the Jaguars seem as if they are ready to part ways before the end of his rookie contract, just to get something from him as they were exploring trade options early during the season.
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I don’t believe that Casey Hayward is what he once was.
I’m not saying that he is bad and maybe it was due to the system and coverage schemes, but it seemed as if he was playing soft at times. Hayward is still a No.1 cornerback without a doubt in my mind, but honestly, I’d rather have Ramsey.
That is also factoring in age, athleticism, and most of all, how much it’ll count against the cap. Hayward just signed an extension which made him one of the highest paid corners in the league, what he’ll count against the cap is $10 million, as to Jalen’s $7 million. That’s money to build the rest of the team.
Even though it would hurt I’m in favor of parting ways with Hayward if it means bringing Ramsey in.
My official trade would be
That would be opening cap space for the Chargers to be real players in the market next year.
As the Los Angeles Rams showed, to make it to the Super Bowl, you have to spend the money. With Ramsey on the team we add youth and excitement to our defense. I’m not saying with Ramsey the Chargers are automatic Super Bowl contenders, but he is one piece of the puzzle.