Coughlin: Jaguars can win AFC South without Ramsey
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Tom Coughlin is keeping the bar high for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wake of the team trading two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams.
Coughlin, the executive vice president of football operations for the Jaguars, said in a statement Wednesday that the 2-4 team can win the AFC South this season.
"Given the situation with Jalen, we made this decision based on what we thought is in the best interest of the Jacksonville Jaguars, for this season and well into the future," the 73-year-old Coughlin said. "We feel the trade that we struck with the Rams gives us great value for the next two drafts, and we remain very confident that our team today will compete this season for a division title.
"Jalen was a productive player, but the time came to move on and we wish him and his family the best in Los Angeles."
In exchange for Ramsey, the Jaguars will receive the Rams' first-round picks in each of the next two drafts, plus a fourth-round selection in 2021.
Ramsey, a 2017 first-team All-Pro, requested a trade from Jacksonville after Week 2. Ramsey, who turns 25 next week, played on Thursday night in Week 3 but sat out the Jaguars' last three games with a back injury.
Multiple reports said owner Shad Khan was opposed to a trade and wanted to keep Ramsey long-term, but numerous teams showed interest with offers that included multiple first-round picks.
Ramsey had one pass breakup and one forced fumble in three games this season. He had nine interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 44 pass breakups while starting all 48 games his first three seasons.
Ramsey was clear about his desire to be traded during a late-September appearance on Uninterrupted's "17 Weeks" podcast on Sirius XM.
"I'm not sure if I've played my final game for the Jags yet or not, but my trade request still stands. For me, respect is a huge thing," Ramsey said, adding, "Once respect is lost for both parties, I think it is time to part ways."
The Jaguars lost their second straight game last weekend in a 13-6 home setback to the New Orleans Saints.
Jacksonville will look to get back on track this Sunday when it visits the winless Cincinnati Bengals (0-6).