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Jalen Ramsey says he’s ‘overjoyed’ with trade to Rams

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Jalen Ramsey says he’s “overjoyed” to have been traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams.

“Big, big day for me,” Ramsey told Uninterrupted’s ’17 Weeks’ Podcast on SiriusXM. “I’m currently just walking outside right now, I’m filled with joy, I’m overjoyed right now. God is the greatest, God makes no mistakes at all. No mistakes at all. I’ve been so blessed.”

On Tuesday, the Rams sent their 2020 and 2021 first-round draft picks, as well as a 2021 fourth-round pick, to the Jaguars in exchange for the two-time Pro Bowl and All Pro cornerback, who was selected fifth overall by the Jaguars in 2016.

“I was so blessed to be drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Ramsey said, adding, “But now I’ve got a new chapter starter in my life, going out to LA and going to be a part of the LA Rams.”

Ramsey requested to be traded from the Jaguars following a Week 2 loss to the Houston Texans, after Ramsey was scolded by Jaguars vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin for engaging in a sideline shouting match with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone.

Ramsey has been inactive the last three games, citing a back issue, and causing him to snap a streak of 51 consecutive starts that dated to when the Jaguars selected him in 2016.

However, Ramsey is expected to pass his physical Wednesday with the Rams and could be available as soon as Sunday against the 1-5 Atlanta Falcons.

He joins a secondary in flux, and a defense that has allowed the second-highest Total QBR (81.6), during a 3-3 run.

Rams cornerback Aqib Talib and safety John Johnson have been placed on injured reserve and before trading for Ramsey, the Rams sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round draft pick.

“Excited to be a part of that defense,” said Ramsey, who in 51 starts, has nine interceptions and 45 pass breakups. “Coach Wade Phillips, coach Sean McVay, coach Aubrey Pleasant, and I’m excited to get out there and do my thing for the LA Rams and show them that they’ve got the best corner in the whole NFL for years and years to come.”

Ramsey remains on his rookie contract, which is scheduled to pay him $13.7 million in 2020, and the Rams intend to eventually sign him to a long-term extension.

With the Rams, Ramsey reunites with former Jaguars teammates Blake Bortles and Dante Fowler Jr.



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Tim Jernigan says deal with Texans off, still free agent

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HOUSTON — Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan will not be signing with the Houston Texans after agreeing to a deal in principle with the team earlier in the offseason, he announced on Instagram.

“Guess I’m not goin to Houston..but the show not ova,” he wrote.

On April 1, Jernigan’s agent said the defensive tackle and the Texans had agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $3.75 million with $1.25 million guaranteed.

The Texans had a need at defensive tackle after losing D.J. Reader, who agreed to a four-year, $53 million free-agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in March.

Houston did add depth to the defensive line in the draft, selecting defensive tackle Ross Blacklock in the second round.

Jernigan was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in 2017. He was limited to 10 games in 2019 due to a foot injury.



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Broncos coach Vic Fangio says racism, discrimination aren’t prevalent in NFL

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio called George Floyd’s death a “societal issue that we all have to join in to correct,” but said he doesn’t see discrimination or racism as problems overall in the NFL.

“I think our problems in the NFL along those lines are minimal, we’re a league of meritocracy, you earn what you get, you get what you earn, I don’t see racism at all in the NFL, I don’t see discrimination in the NFL,” Fangio told reporters Tuesday, when asked about his experiences in the league over the last four decades. “… we all live together, joined as one, for one common goal, and we all intermingle and mix tremendously. If society reflected an NFL team, we’d all be great.”

Floyd, who was black, died last week in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Fangio opened Tuesday’s call by saying he was outraged over what happened.

“I was shocked, sad and angry when I saw what the policeman do to a handcuffed George Floyd on his stomach that led to his death,” Fangio said. “He should be punished to the full extent of the law of the crimes he was charged with in addition to being charged with treason for failing to uphold the badge and uniform he was entrusted with … It’s a societal issue that we all have to join in to correct.”

Fangio has publicly supported the Rooney Rule in the past, which is designed to try to help increase the number of minority candidates interviewed for head coaching jobs and the league is trying to expand the rule’s scope, but his “no racism” comments Tuesday brought some reaction on social media. Some of it included Colin Kaepernick having remained unsigned since protesting in 2016 about the use of force by police.

During the 16-minute session Fangio said he has encouraged his players to protest, and singled out Broncos safety Justin Simmons’ efforts in recent day in Simmons’ hometown of Stuart, Fla.

“I thought it was great, Justin is a great person, a great leader, got his head screwed on correctly, he sees the problems and how they need to be solved,” Fangio said. “He’s searching for solutions and it’s easy for everybody to identify the problems … we need to search for solutions and I think Justin is one of those guys who will find solutions.”

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis had a virtual meeting with the players and coaches Tuesday about what the team could do, and what the players wanted to do, in moving forward in social justice initiatives. Fangio said he would speak to the players about the same topics on Thursday.

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NFL says camps only at team facilities due to coronavirus

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The NFL has decide that teams must hold training camps this summer at their main practice facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The NFL plans to announce that plan, along with a tentative start to camps in late July.

Among teams that would have held camp away from their home facility this year are the Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Panthers have prepared for every season since their first in 1995 at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, citing sources, first reported this new development.

The league announced in mid-May that teams could begin re-opening their facilities on a limited basis when state and local governments allowed it.

The next phase of re-opening began on Monday with clubs allowed to re-open ticket offices, retail shops and other customer-facing facilities, as long as the openings fully comply with state and local regulations.

Currently, no coaches are allowed in team facilities, although that could change in the near future.

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