Why the Kansas City Chiefs should trade for Jalen Ramsey
By Grant Tuttle
If the Chiefs are in Super Bowl or bust mode, a trade for Jalen Ramsey is the right thing for Kansas City’s front office to chase.
There is a growing market of disgruntled cornerbacks in the NFL. In two weeks, we have seen two very talented players ask for trades from their respective teams: Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins and now Jalen Ramsey from the Jaguars.
The Kansas City Chiefs had a good game against the Oakland Raiders but will see much tougher offensive opponents. Now that Fitzpatrick is now off the table given the Pittsburgh Steelers trade for him, the Chiefs should go after the biggest talent of all in Jalen Ramsey.
Yes, Jalen Ramsey is only 24 years old. The Chiefs have shown that they like to get players while they are young and entering their primes. Now that Ramsey comes on the open market, general manager Brett Veach would be insane not to take a flyer on the prospect of making a blockbuster trade.
This is Ramsey’s contract year and the Chiefs would have to roll out a lot of money for him, but they would have security. At cornerback, they currently have two players signed through next season; Rashad Fenton and Charvarius Ward. Ramsey would not only come to Kansas City in the middle of a Super Bowl window, but he would provide a long-term solution at cornerback that is so desperately needed for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs have been lacking a ballhawk at cornerback for a while now. While Kendall Fuller is a nice piece and has made some impressive plays throughout his tenure, he is not a lockdown corner in the way that Ramsey is. Few cornerbacks are. Ramsey can play with any receiver and shut down part of the field.
Jacksonville has used him twice a year as the shadow cornerback for T.Y Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins. In these contests, it is always an incredible showdown. If Ramsey were to become a Chief, he would be allowed to cover receivers that were not as electric and would likely be able to shut down an entire side of the field for the Chiefs defense.