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The Jalen Ramsey saga has a Hollywood ending. The Jacksonville Jaguars are trading the disgruntled star cornerback to the Los Angeles Rams for two first round draft picks (2020 and 2021) and a fourth round pick in 2021. It's quite a haul for the Jaguars, and also quite a coup for a cornerback needy Rams squad that earlier Tuesday dealt Marcus Peters to the Ravens one day after placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve. The Peters trade left people wondering what other move general manager Les Snead had up his sleeve to shore up a suddenly thin secondary. Now we have our answer. In Ramsey, the Rams now boast one of the finest cornerbacks in the NFL. Ramsey has made two Pro Bowls and earned one first team All-Pro selection in his three full seasons since being drafted number 5 overall in 2016 out of Florida State. Boasting nine career interceptions, Ramsey also serves as a defensive tone setter on the outside, playing with a boisterous confidence that can energize an entire defensive group as seen during the Jaguars run to the AFC title game in 2017. The injection of Ramsey into a slumping Rams team, losers of three straight could also prove to be a bolt of energy that turns around their season. The Rams currently rank 20th in PFF's adjusted pass defense and have seen Jameis Winston and Russell Wilson shred their secondary in recent weeks. The pairing of Ramsey on the outside and Aaron Donald terrorizing QBs from the interior should be a boon for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. As for the Jaguars, the bevy of picks should make up for a disappointing end to their relationship with Ramsey.
The Rams are shipping starting cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young. It was a stunning turn of events when it first happened, but it turned out only to be the first act of a blockbuster day for the Rams. Later Tuesday, it all became clearer with the Hollywood ending of the Rams pulling off their third trade of the day to land cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars. Peters started every game so far this season just as he started every game last year as the Rams marched to a Super Bowl appearance. News of the Peters-Young swap came shortly after the Browns announced they had traded center Austin Corbett, a 2018 second-round pick, to the Rams in return for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick. Peters' departure comes after the Rams fell to 3-3 with a third-straight loss on Sunday. The loss came without cornerback Aqib Talib, who has been placed on injured reserve with a ribs injury. Peters, a one time All-Pro during a three-season stay in Kansas City, has now been dealt twice as he came to the Rams via trade, as well. In their trip to the Super Bowl, the Rams boasted a formidable defensive backfield of Peters, Talib, Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner. Two are now playing elsewhere, Talib is on IR and Johnson is all that's left.
The Tennessee Titans are making a change at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers instead of former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota. The decision by Mike Vrabel to roll with Tannehill over Mariota, once viewed as the franchise's answer under center, doesn't come as a huge surprise for those who watched the Titans' offense sputter these past two weeks. Mariota failed to lead Tennessee past midfield in nine drives last Sunday against the Broncos, completing just 7 of 18 passes for a paltry 63 yard with two interceptions before being yanked in favor of Tannehill. In a loss the week before, Mariota took five sacks while leading an offensive group that produced just 252 yards of offense and went 4-of-14 on third downs with six three-and-outs. The Titans have plateaued under Mariota, who has yet to live up to his early career promise. It seems hard pressed to imagine the Titans opting to keep Mariota (currently on the final year of his rookie deal) beyond this season. Mariota likely will have to resurrect his career with a new team in a new city following next March's free agency. Tannehill provided a slight spark for the Titans when he came in for Mariota. He succeeded in advancing the ball past midfield and threw for 144 yards. But he shared Mariota's propensity for sacks with four of his own and threw a red-zone interception. The Dolphins traded Tannehill to the Titans this past offseason as Tennessee sought a capable backup for Mariota.
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