The Detroit Lions are easy to tie to Jalen Ramsey, but the buzz is starting to really ramp up.
The Detroit Lions need a legit No.1 cornerback, and Jalen Ramsey appears to be very available. So it’s easy to make that connection, as the Los Angeles Rams look to move the six-time Pro Bowler. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero has reported Ramsey is “very likely” to be traded.
Lions general manager Brad Holmes was working in the Rams front office when they acquired Ramsey in 2019, as was assistant general manager Ray Agnew.
The Lions has made two more lists of potential landing spots for Ramsey, via Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports and Justin Hier of Pro Football Network. Assuming a ranking order, the Lions are the first team mentioned on each list.
Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown openly recruited Ramsey on a recent episode of his podcast, and Ramsey responded as vaguely as he has to right now.
NFL Rumors: Jalen Ramsey to the Lions buzz ramping up noticeably
Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs took the baton from St. Brown to recruit Ramsey.
On “SportsCenter” Sunday morning, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said the following about Ramsey’s situation (h/t to SI.com).
"I’ve talked to some teams this weekend to see what’s going on, and the Detroit Lions come up fairly often as just a reasonable, potential fit because Brad Holmes, the GM there, was with the Rams for a long time,” Fowler explained. “He knows Ramsey’s game, they need cornerback help. They’ve been sort of a build-through-the-draft sort team, but could be one to watch.”"
The Lions can and should continue to build primarily through the draft. But they are in a position where if they can strike on an opportunity to add big-time proven talent, they should. Ramsey is not firmly in his prime at 28 years old, but he is still in the top tier of cornerbacks in the league.
If the price is right in a trade, and it could be reasonable as the Rams face cap concerns, Ramsey to Detroit is on the table and the buzz is becoming impossible to ignore.