Boselli: Ramsey Should Have Been Suspended

Tony Boselli believes Jalen Ramsey "crossed the line" with Doug Marrone

Taz and the Moose
September 19, 2019 - 10:15 am
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Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville. This we know.

But will he get his way? Will the Jaguars actually trade him?

“I think if they get the right value, sure,” Jaguars Radio Network analyst Tony Boselli said on Taz & The Moose. “It’s going to take a king’s ransom to get him. That’s what I would do. Why would you trade the best corner in football just because he wants to? At least back when I was playing, no one cared what we wanted. It’s a little bit different now, but you still have to be smart. He’s a great player. He is a little bit disruptive, and I think there is, at times, a maturity issue. But there’s no arguing how effective he is on the field, and you’re going to have to give quite a bit to give him up.”

Ramsey, 24, is one of the most talented players in the NFL. The fifth overall pick in 2016, he is under contract through 2020.

Boselli, who played for the Jaguars from 1995 to 2001, believes Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone can still salvage their relationship.

“Yes, I do,” he said. “Any player who’s been around the league long enough has seen coaches and players go at it a little bit. The only difference on Sunday was two things: you usually don’t see it with the head coach and a player. It’s usually a position coach. And the second thing, I think where the line is crossed by Jalen, is you don’t let your hands on a coach. You don’t touch him. Because as a player, you don’t want the coach touching you. When you do that, I think you cross the line. That’s why I’m a little bit surprised he wasn’t suspended.”

If Ramsey matures, Boselli believes the Jags will offer him a lucrative contract after the season.

“Yeah, I think they plan on it at the end of the year,” he said. “I would think they plan on making him the highest-paid corner in the NFL. Now, if you have too many more outbursts like that and you become a distraction, I wouldn’t make him the highest-paid corner. I would make him play out his fifth year and use the franchise tag and everything else if I had to. It’s a two-way street. If you want to be respected and you want to get paid and you want to be the man and you want the organization to take care of you, you have to give back respect and you have to follow the rules and be a good teammate and a leader.”

It appears Ramsey doesn’t fully grasp that. 

“Whether Jalen wants to or not, when you’re the best player in the locker room, there’s a responsibility if you want to be a good teammate,” Boselli said. “There’s a responsibility to handle yourself right. That is part of it. That is one of the things I would evaluate with Jalen. If I’m going to make him the highest-paid player at his position, which means he’s going to eat up quite a bit of my cap, there’s more (to it) than just playing corner.”

The Jaguars (0-2) host the Titans on Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET.

Click below to listen to Boselli’s interview in its entirety.