Jalen Ramsey, Rams Agree on Record-Breaking Five-Year Extension

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The Los Angeles Rams and cornerback Jalen Ramsey have agreed to terms on a five-year $105 million extension, agent David Mulugheta told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This extension is the largest contract ever awarded to a cornerback.

Ramsey became the first defensive back in NFL history to sign a deal exceeding $100 million, and his $71.2 million at signing is the largest guarantee ever awarded to a defensive back.

The Rams announced the five-year deal on September 9 without providing any further details.

The previous largest cornerback contract in terms of average annual value was the $18.2 million per year deal given to Darrelle Revis in 2013. He signed this record-breaking six-year deal after being traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, Revis was released by the Buccaneers in the following offseason.

An All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection, Ramsey joins two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald as a cornerstone piece on the Rams’ defense. Donald signed a six-year, $135 million extension before the 2018 season.

Ramsey is the fourth player since 2018 that the Rams signed to a record-breaking extension. The other three were Donald, quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley. Gurley was released by the team in March.

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Rams head coach Sean McVay said Ramsey dominated in training camp this year, his first with the team.

“I thought I had an appreciation for the way that he played and just watching him from afar,” McVay said. “But now, really getting a glimpse and with the amount of competitive work we’re getting in these training camp settings, he’s even better than I thought.”

The Rams traded for Ramsey last October, sending their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks and a 2021 fourth-round pick in exchange to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars selected Ramsey with the fifth pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the same year the Rams selected Jared Goff with the first overall pick.

Ramsey intercepted a pass, had four pass deflections and had a forced fumble in nine games with the Rams last season.

In 60 career NFL games, Ramsey has 10 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 49 pass deflections and three forced fumbles.

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