Rams’ Jalen Ramsey more concerned about shoulder than contract

Jalen Ramsey watched in the offseason as the Rams opened the bench for three cornerstones.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, receiver Cooper Kupp. and defense attorney Aaron Donald received extensions that could total $290 million in guarantees.

And what about Ramsey, a three-time All-Pro cornerback and the fourth cornerstone for the Super Bowl champion Rams?

In 2020, Ramsey signed a five-year, $100 million extension that made him the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history.

But Ramsey no longer holds that distinction.

According to overthecap.com, the Green Bay Packers’ Jaire Alexander is set to make $21 million this season. Cleveland Browns’ Denzel Ward earns $20.1 million, Ramsey $20 million.

Ramsey, 27, was asked Monday if he would like an extension and what the timeline might be.

“When the time is right,” said Ramsey, who is less than two months away from shoulder surgery, after the Rams’ second practice session at training camp. “That’s what I say to everything that’s going on.

“When the time is right, things will happen in due time. I leave it to the people who have to take care of these things.

“But I have to deal with what I have to do and right now for me that’s a good teammate to get that shoulder right, to get that rehab right so I can have another good season and this team to so many species can help as possible.”

The Rams’ overtime cash spend is expected to increase ahead of the Sept. 8 season opener against the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium. During camp, the team is expected to announce that coach Sean McVay and general manager Les Snead have signed extensions.

But Ramsey will apparently have to wait.

“It wasn’t anything that was discussed like a new deal with him,” McVay said, “but I know from my understanding he’s feeling really good about everything.”

Ramsey will spend training camp in a limited role while rehabilitating his left shoulder. Playing with problems in both shoulders last season, he was still playing for a defense that helped the Rams wrap up a boom-or-bust season with a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

Ramsey said he had hoped the injuries would be resolved with an off-season break. He attended the Rams’ minicamp in early June but said he was still in pain when a deadline he and the team coaches had precisely set came.

“It just got to the point where it was a little too gross, a little too messy,” he said over his shoulder. “It just needed cleaning and redoing.”

On Friday, the Rams announced that Ramsey would be placed on the physically unfit list (PUP), a move Ramsey said he believes will create the roster spot he needs. But this decision to put him on the PUP list was reversed because it would have prevented Ramsey from participating in on-field activities, including walk-throughs.

“I was just like, ‘Cool, I’m not a pup anyway,'” he quipped, “so, let’s pack it.”

On Monday, Ramsey took part in the walk-through before practice. He spent the remainder of practice on the sidelines, holding a practice script and helping teammates.

“He has a great personality – we all love him dearly,” said safety Nick Scott. “But he also has an amazing amount of insight just with so much time that he’s spent in the league and the things that he’s done on the field.”

Rookie cornerback Derion Kendrick was arguably the star of practice, breaking up several passes on Monday. Kendrick sought advice from Ramsey several times before and after the Games.

“Every time I come on the field, I want him to give me at least a clue or two,” Kendrick said. “He tried that many times [Monday].”

Ramsey enjoys providing instant feedback to his teammates, but his main goal is to “stay strict” and stick to a rehabilitation plan that will have him ready to play in the opening game.

“I have no doubt that when the time comes, I will be ready,” he said.

Last season, Ramsey competed intermittently in the secondary school, as a hybrid linebacker, and along the line of scrimmage. He intercepted four passes, tied his career best and was selected to the All-Pro for the third time in six NFL seasons.

As he continues to climb, there’s also an opportunity for Ramsey to reset the cornerback market – eventually. He is happy that it has developed.

“I’m happy for every one of the guys who gets paid,” he said. “They work extremely hard, make a lot of sacrifices and deserve it.

“So I’m really happy for them – I wish it was even higher.”

https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-07-25/jalen-ramsey-rams-contract-shoulder-rehab Rams’ Jalen Ramsey more concerned about shoulder than contract

Emma Bowman

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