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Rams commercial star CB Jalen Ramsey vs. Dolphin

Marcel Louis Jacques and Sarah Barchob2 minutes to read

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to trade star cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins for a 2023 third-round pick (No. 77 overall) and tight end Hunter Long, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Sunday.

The deal will be processed on Wednesday, when the 2023 league year officially begins.

Ramsey He tweeted his excitement For the trade on Sunday, he wrote: “I’ve been praying specifically for this for about a month now and now it’s happening! MiamiDolphins LETSGO!”

A three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler, Ramsey is largely considered one of the best players in the NFL and joins another former All-Pro in Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard.

Miami has built its roster aggressively over the past year, also trading All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill and Pro Bowl linebacker Bradley Chubb.

The Dolphins needed a cornerback after Byron Jones was informed he would be released when the new league year began and made multiple salary-clearance moves over the past week, restructuring the contracts of Hill, Chubb and Terron Armstead.

Following this trade, the Dolphins held four draft picks in the 2023 draft: one each in the second, third, sixth, and seventh rounds.

The Rams completed a successful trade for Ramsey in 2019, sending a first-round draft pick in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth pick in 2021 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Los Angeles signed Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million contract extension less than a year later, which was the largest ever in his position at the time of the deal.

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Ramsey has three years left on this contract, though there haven’t been any guaranteed money left in the last two seasons. The veteran cornerback was the only player in the Rams’ Super Bowl-winning squad not to sign a contract extension or a reworked deal last season. Ramsey ranks third on AAV ($20 million), behind the Green Bay Packers ($21 million) and Denzel Ward’s Cleveland Browns ($20.1 million).

By trading Ramsey prior to June 1, the Rams will have $19.6 million in dead money in their 2023 salary cap with $5.6 million in savings.

Ramsey became the third notable defensive player to be let go by the Rams as they worked to obtain the salary cap. The Rams had previously parted ways with linebacker Bobby Wagner and released Leonard Floyd.

Ramsey was the third highest ranked quarterback in the NFL last season, according to Pro Football Focus. He finished the season with 4 interceptions, 18 passes defensed, 12 tackle breakups, 3 forced fumbles and 2 sacks. His four interceptions tied his career high.

In seven seasons, Ramsey has 19 interceptions, 7 forced fumbles and 2 sacks. He was named first team All-Pro in the 2017, 2020 and 2021 seasons.