Jalen Ramsey’s thumbs aren’t as quick as his feet. But close.

News of a contract extension for Chargers star defensive end Joey Bosa had barely hit the Internet when the Rams’ cornerback tapped out his reaction on Twitter.

“2016 Draft Class 1-4 gettin paid & I love it kus they all deserve it!!” the Rams cornerback wrote Tuesday night.

2016 Draft Class 1-4 gettin paid & I love it kus they all deserve it!! God’s timing & blessings are truly great and they are better than what we could even imagine. As His children, what He has for US is truly special!!

— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) July 29, 2020

Ramsey wasn’t just dishing out compliments to the top four picks in the 2016 NFL draft – Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz, Bosa and Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott – whose contract extensions the past two summers have an average value of nearly $27 million a season.

He was dishing out compliments knowing – and knowing that interested readers know – Ramsey was the fifth pick in that draft and is up for a contract extension of his own.

This wasn’t quite like a year ago when Ramsey, then a Jacksonville Jaguar, arrived at training camp in an armored truck to deliver the message that he was ready to get paid. But close.

The Rams really need no reminder that Ramsey is going into the final year of his rookie contract. As are wide receiver Cooper Kupp and safety John Johnson, as well as tight end Gerald Everett, wide receiver Josh Reynolds and linebacker Samson Ebukam. Other Rams who could be free agents after 2020 include cornerback Troy Hill, offensive lineman Austin Blythe, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and long snapper Jake McQuaide.

And the Rams don’t need to be reminded of Ramsey’s value after trading away their 2020 and 2021 first-round draft picks and their 2021 fourth-rounder to acquire the three-time Pro Bowler in October.

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On Tuesday, Ramsey was named No. 37 in the annual NFL Top 100 rankings voted by the league’s players. Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was No. 3, and Kupp made the list for the first time at No. 89.

Ramsey was third among cornerbacks, and at age 25, he has a bigger future than No. 9 Stephon Gilmore of New England, who is 29, and No. 28 Richard Sherman of San Francisco, who is 32.

Ramsey and Rams coach Sean McVay haven’t publicly addressed the negotiations since May. Both were reassuring then, Ramsey saying, “It’ll get handled” and he would report to training camp on time, McVay saying Ramsey’s agent and team management have had “a lot of dialogue.”

Kupp said, in April, of his contract negotiations: “There’s so much is going on in the world right now. It’s really not a priority at this time.”

With training camp in Thousand Oaks opening in the coming days, expect the subject to come up – especially the Ramsey negotiations, since his next contract could set records for defensive backs.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News


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