The Los Angeles Rams have set the cornerback market when they signed Jalen Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million extension. Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to break the news Wednesday morning.
Jalen Ramsey and the LA Rams have agreed to terms on a massive extension that totally resets the cornerback market. The 5 year $105M extension averages $21M per year and is the largest contract signed by a cornerback.
Asked about the deal, agent @DavidMulugheta confirmed it.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2020
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, $71.2 million is guaranteed. This deal makes Ramsey the highest-paid cornerback in the league. That title has been thrown around quite a bit this offseason. Three days ago Tre’Davious White of the Buffalo Bills was the highest-paid cornerback in the league after signing a four-year $70 million extension. Before White, Darius Slay’s three-year $50 million extension with the Eagles made him the highest-paid corner. During free agency, the Miami Dolphins made Byron Jones the highest-paid cornerback in the league paying him $82.5 million over five years to put him ahead of teammate Xavien Howard.
The Rams traded their 2020 first-round pick (K’Lavon Chaisson), 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Ramsey right before the trade deadline. In corresponding moves, the Rams traded their starter cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib to other teams for day three draft picks.
Last season in Los Angeles, Ramsey had one interception and four passes defended in eight games. Ramsey was the eleventh ranked cornerback in man coverage last season according to PFF.
The Jaguars drafted Ramsey fifth overall in 2016. Since then he has emerged as one of the best cornerbacks in the league going to three Pro Bowls and being a First-Team All-Pro in 2017.