Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey still wants to be traded, while the star pondered his potential “last game” with the NFL franchise.
Ramsey requested a trade following the second game of the season after a run-in with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone.
A two-time Pro Bowler, Ramsey was originally selected by the Jaguars out of Florida State with the fifth pick in the 2016 draft.
Ramsey reiterated his desire to be traded by the Jaguars on Thursday, telling Sirius XM’s “17 Weeks Podcast”: “I’m not sure if I’ve played my final game for the Jags yet or not, but my trade request still stands.
“For me, respect is a huge thing. I kind of touched on it a little back in last week’s podcast. Once respect is lost for both parties, I think it is time to part ways.”
Ramsey played in the Jaguars’ Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but his status for Week 4 against the Denver Broncos remains uncertain.
The 24-year-old has not practiced with the team all week, dealing first with the flu, and then a back issue that landed him on the injury report. He is also awaiting the imminent birth of his second child.
So, Ramsey is wondering if last Thursday’s game was his last with the Jaguars, where he is still playing on his rookie contract through 2020.
“I’ll say the emotion really came from the unknowns,” Ramsey said. “Not knowing if that was gonna be the last game with my team-mates, not knowing how the fans would interact out there.
“Would I be getting boos out there? Would I be getting cheers out there? Just not knowing the speculation and all the talk going on and leading up to it, and not knowing how focused my teammates would remain through all the distractions that everyone tried to create.
“We were just kind of living in the moment, sinking in the moment of, ‘Man, if this was the last one, it’s been an honour to play alongside those guys.’ It’s been a good ride. It’s been a fun few years playing alongside those guys.”